Eastlife February 2018

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February always puts a spring in my step; a brand new month with so much to look forward to! Lighter evenings are creeping in and the region is beginning to wake up from its winter slumber. This month stately homes are opening their gates to a display of daffodils and snow drops (read our top 5 on page 29), there’s new art exhibitions inspired by the season ahead and we welcome the first festivals of 2018 – I’m looking forward to seeing Cambridge light up with the return of the e-Luminate Festival!

It’s also the month of love! To celebrate we have plenty of ideas for Valentine’s Day and a handy gift guide, plus a wedding special with 13 pages dedicated to planning the perfect big day in the East of England. We’ve found the quirkiest venues in the East, list the hottest décor trends for 2018 and have plenty of tips and advice, but if you want more head to our Weddings Facebook page for exclusive offers and ideas at www.facebook.com/eastlifeweddings/

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From the

Dear Reader,

editor

February always puts a spring

in my step; a brand new month

with so much to look forward to!

Lighter evenings are creeping in

and the region is beginning to

wake up from its winter slumber.

This month stately homes are

opening their gates to a display of

daffodils and snow drops (read our

top 5 on page 29), there are new art exhibitions inspired by

the season ahead and we welcome the first festivals of 2018

– I’m looking forward to seeing Cambridge light up with

the return of the e-Luminate Festival!

It’s also the month of love! To celebrate we have plenty

of ideas for Valentine’s Day and a handy gift guide, plus a

wedding special with 13 pages dedicated to planning the

perfect big day in the East of England. We’ve found the

quirkiest venues in the East, list the hottest décor trends

for 2018 and have plenty of tips and advice, but if you want

more head to our Weddings Facebook page for exclusive

offers and ideas at www.facebook.com/eastlifeweddings

Emma Kemsley

EASTLIFE is published by Thompson Media Partners Ltd.

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contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher. All times, prices and

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11-17 NEWS FLASH

A round-up of monthly news and

events

19-25 LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Date ideas and gifts for Valentine’s

Day

30-31 INTO THE WILD

The best glamping spots

33 DOG-FRIENDLY

Tails About Town in Cambridge

29

35-37 LITTLE EAST

Mum’s the Word and half term

events

41-47 EDUCATION

School open days

49-51 FOOD & DRINK

News & the Cambridge Foodie

54-59 HEALTH

Fostering February & how to be a

natural beauty

54

61 FASHION

Shoes, shoes, shoes

63-75 WEDDINGS

Everything you need to know

about planning a wedding in the

East

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February 2018

Contents

79

81-91 INTERIORS

Conservatories, gardens and first

homes

95-97 ARTS

Monthly column and the latest news

99-105 CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Cambridge Scene, St Ives & events

107-113 ESSEX

Shopping in Saffron Walden and

listings

115

115-123 SUFFOLK

A guide to visiting Beccles & Bungay

125-137 NORFOLK

Secret Norfolk, Harleston and five

things to do on the Broads

139-145 BEDS, BUCKS &

HERTS

The Olney Pancake Race and theatre

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Around the region

e-Luminate Cambridge Festival

9-14 February

Colour and light will bathe the city of Cambridge when

e-Luminate Cambridge Festival once again returns to

enchant, entrance, fascinate and inform. This year’s

theme is ‘colour’ and events include talks, workshops,

experimental Wine Tasting sessions and the return of the

popular Trail of Light walks through Cambridge Colleges

and the Glow Games in collaboration with the Sports Team

at Cambridge City Council.

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Tickets now

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Alexandra

Burke’s

‘The Truth Is’

tour kicking off

on 1 September

at Southend’s

Cliffs Pavilion.

New Artistic Director for Holt Festival

10th anniversary 21-29 July

Stash Kirkbride has been announced as the new ‘front

man’ of the Holt Festival for the 10th anniversary year. As

co-founder of Norwich’s Hostry Festival and the Norfolk

Arts Awards, Stash is well known throughout the region

and beyond. The 2018 Holt Festival runs from 21-29 July.

Stash will reveal the first highlights at the end of this

month with the full programme announcement set for

late April. www.holtfestival.org

Movie Night at The Varsity Hotel & Spa,

Cambridge 25 February

Movie Night at The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge

This month’s movie package will take place on 25 February

with a showing of the film ‘The Theory of Everything’. The

evening includes a private screening with snacks, three

course meal at SIX and overnight stay with breakfast,

priced £215 per couple. Book at www.thevarsityhotel.co.uk

Watch this space!

An exciting event on Ipswich Waterfront,

ART EAT will bring together Suffolk’s inspiring

artistic talent in an inclusive, vibrant and

delicious exploration of creativity, culture and

flavours for all the family this September.

Rural Magpie

Jewellery Fair

3 March, 10am-4pm

The Chesterfords

Community Centre,

Newmarket Road, Great

Chesterford, CB10 1NS.

A wide variety of jewellery

from antique to modern

from local artisan jewellery

makers.

www.ruralmagpie.co.uk

23-29 April

Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle

Walk for Save the Children

returns this spring from

23-29 April for nurseries

and families. Help raise

money and sign up for your

free Muddy Puddle Walk

Fundraising Pack full of fun

Peppa Pig inspired activities

to help you get started at

MuddyPuddleWalk.org

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Terry Dash Music presents

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Sunday 22 April New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 7.00pm 01473 295900

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Bringing Clerkenwell to Cambridge

On the corner of Pound Hill tucked up behind newly developed Kettle’s Yard, is

Eve Waldron Design’s new showroom. The shop has now broadened its range of

Scandinavian furniture brands, to include Carl Hansen & Son and PP Møbler. You will

also find bespoke furniture and textiles on display, stemming from Eve’s background

in industrial design, alongside the likes of Knoll, Vitra, Gubi, Secto, HAY & more -

brands you previously had to travel to London to see.

Eve Waldron Design also provide an interior architectural design service, for

both residential and commercial projects. They regularly work for Cambridge

Colleges and recently supplied furniture for Kettle’s Yard new gallery.

“Visitors are welcome to come and browse our catalogues too, as we can only

keep a selection of items on display. We also have fabrics and

wallpapers upstairs.”

Eve Waldron Design, a household name in Cambridge, is the one to watch.

See more examples of their work at www.evewaldron.com, or get in touch on

01223 470370. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook @evewaldrondesign

New flights and holidays to Dalaman

for East Anglia holidaymakers

TUI (formerly Thomson) has announced a new route

to Dalaman, Turkey for summer 2018 operating out

of Norwich Airport .Flights start in May 2018 and will

operate every Saturday.

As well as new flights to Dalaman residents from

in and around East Anglia now have a wide choice

of destinations to choose from when booking their

holidays this summer with another new route to

Heraklion in Greece already on sale.

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Ballot dates announced for

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Are you ready to get your tickets to the biggest

celebration of the year? Registration for Essex Big

Weekend opens on 8 February, where hundreds of free

pairs of tickets for a host of attractions and fun-filled

activities across the county will be up for grabs.

A huge variety of Essex tourist attractions and related

businesses will be opening their doors or offering special

gifts to lucky ticket holders on 24 and 25 March, as part

of Visit Essex’s second celebration of the county’s tourism

industry.

Some of the county’s biggest attractions have signed up

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Racecourse, Lifehouse Spa Hotel, Marks Hall Gardens and

Arboretum, Redwings Horse Sanctuary and Hedingham

Castle to name a few.

Experiences on offer include stunning stately homes,

gardens and thrilling white water or high wire experiences.

Essex Big Weekend promotes attractions and sights, and

encourages residents to discover how much there is to

see and do in their home county. The event is also part of

English Tourism Week, which highlights the importance

of tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in the

national economy.

Essex residents can apply for as many tickets as they like

from 8 February to 11 March. Two tickets per household

will then be allocated at random by ballot (some family

tickets are available). To enter visit:

www.essexbigweekend.co.uk/attraction-register

2018 Great British Chef

Series at Benedicts, Norwich

A number of Britain’s most esteemed and award-winning

chefs are set to join Chef Richard Bainbridge for an

exclusive series of collaborative dinners at Benedicts in

Norwich.

Michelin-starred chefs Tom Kerridge, Daniel Clifford and

Josh Eggleton are amongst the mix of culinary talent

sharing the pass at the restaurant on St Benedicts Street.

Each exclusive dinner will be a celebration of great British

food, cooked by world-class British chefs – many of whom

are well-known faces from the BBC series Great British

Menu, which Richard won with two stunning dishes in

2015 and more recently became a veteran judge.

16 May – Daniel Clifford, Chef-owner of two Michelinstarred

Midsummer House, celebrating his 20th

anniversary at the restaurant in Cambridge in 2018

20 May – Glynn Purnell, Chef-owner of Michelin-starred

Purnell’s in hometown Birmingham together with his head

chef, Luke Butcher

13 June – Josh Eggleton, Chef-owner of Michelin-starred

country pub The Pony and Trap in Bristol

To book a table at one of the guest chef series dinners

email manager@restaurantbenedicts.com or call

01603 92 60 80.

Beginning at 7pm, each evening will start with a selection

of snacks before diners sit down to enjoy a six-course

menu by Richard and his team in collaboration with the

guest chef. Wine pairings will also be available matching

wines to each course, with tea and coffee to end the

evening.

Chef and dates confirmed for the series include:

27 February – Kevin Mangeolles, Chef-owner at Michelinstarred

The Neptune Inn, Hunstanton

28 March – Tom Kerridge, Chef-owner of two Michelinstarred

The Hand and Flowers and one Michelin-starred

The Coach, both in Marlow

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BULL HOTEL

Westgate • Peterborough • PE1 1RB

Valentines

Dinner

Saturday 17th February

Enjoy a romantic candlelit three-course dinner

with a glass of prosecco and live background music.

Bookings from 7pm – £39 per person

Why not stay the night in one of double executive bedrooms

for only £95.00 and receive rose petals on the bed and

complimentary chocolates.

Tom Jones

Tribute

with a Disco &

3 Course Dinner

Saturday 17th February

7:00pm - Midnight

Treat yourself & your loved one with a

delicious 3 course dinner, followed by live

music from Ian Anthony performing as

Tom Jones & sounds from our resident DJ

‘Flame Entertainments’.

£45 per person

Booking essential

Valentine’s 1-Night Breaks

also available

To book overnight accommodation please

contact our Reception Team on ext. 200

To make a reservation or for more

information call 01733 561364

events@bull-hotel-peterborough.com

www.peelhotels.co.uk

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Valentines Dinner

feat. Bill Downs

Wednesday 14th February 7.30pm

38 ST GILES IS A BOUTIQUE B&B

LOCATED IN THE HEART OF NORWICH

Awarded 5* by the AA, our exceptional breakfasts have

also received consecutive awards for excellence.

£70 per couple includes an

exclusive seven course

Taste of Norfolk menu

Contact Kirstie on 01603 252123

or email Kirstie@opennorwich.org.uk

for more information or to book a table

www.opennorwich.org.uk

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We offer 8 beautiful rooms & suites,

plus a two bedroom Georgian townhouse, Rigby’s Court,

and a Grade II* listed apartment, Number 48.

38 St Giles Street, Norwich, NR2 1LL

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Lifestyle

Spread the Love

Written by Laura Stafford-Smith | www.laurastaffordsmith.com

Looking to treat yourself or a loved one this

Valentine’s Day? If you’ve no idea where to go

or what to do, we’ve compiled a few favourites

from across the region to inspire you come

14 February.

BEDFORDSHIRE

Dunstable Downs will once again be holding their

romantic Valentine’s Stargazing evening. Spend the

evening under the stars with your loved one, taking a

closer look at Venus and Mars, sipping on stargazing

warmers. Booking is essential, but it’s a bargain at just

£18 per person. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

NORFOLK

If ‘A Million Love Songs’ sounds like part of your perfect

soundtrack to the 14 February, Norwich Theatre Royal

might just be the ideal place to spend the evening.

The theatre will be showcasing ‘The Band’, the new

musical from Tim Firth which follows the story of five

16 year old girls in 1992, for whom Take That were the

intended loves of their lives. The show stars the five

winners from the BBC’s Let It Shine and is sure to bring

back many fond memories, alongside plenty of smiles.

You’ll have to get in there quickly though, tickets are

selling fast! www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Enjoy an unrivalled view of Norwich City Centre at Cafe

Britannia on Mousehold Heath, whilst enjoying a vintage

afternoon tea, pork and apple burger or coffee and

mandarin gateau. Famed for its award-winning menu, this

is the perfect place to relax before or after a walk around

Mousehold Heath. www.cafebritannia.co.uk

If you’re after a view but looking to travel a little further

afield, why not head up to the North Norfolk coastline

where you’ll find an abundance of beautiful beaches

to explore? Holkham and Sheringham come highly

recommended, as does Eric’s Fish and Chips in Thornham.

www.ericsfishandchips.com

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay for the night,

The Pigs at Edgefield plays host to some gorgeous and

stylish accommodation, with their spa suites featuring a

sauna and drench showers. All overnight stays come with

a locally sourced breakfast, and until 28 February, you can

save 20% on all PIGSPA treatments. Why not make your

stay even more indulgent and spend some time being

pampered? www.thepigs.org.uk

Luton Hoo Hotel

Step inside the magnificent Luton Hoo Hotel and make

some beautiful memories whilst enjoying Champagne,

canapés and a five course meal in the Wernher Restaurant

for £125 per person. If the Wernher Restaurant is full,

Adam’s Brasserie (also within Luton Hoo Hotel) is offering

a delicious three course meal to be enjoyed within the

grounds of the hotel’s Country Club at £55 per person.

www.lutonhoo.co.uk/Valentines-Day-2018

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ESSEX

If your New Year’s resolutions involve detoxing but you

still want to celebrate, why not test out The Lifehouse’s

Juice Cleanse retreat in Thorpe-Le-Soken? A minimum of

a two-night stay, you’ll be treated to a carefully designed

menu of freshly pressed juices, complimentary use of

the spa facilities and fitness classes, and the beautiful

surroundings of the Thorpe Hall Gardens. If a juice cleanse

isn’t for you, but a little indulgence is, there’s always the

Blissful Couples Spa Day package instead, including a 50

minute couples massage, buffet lunch, full use of the spa

facilities and an hour in your own private sleep retreat for

£114 per person. www.lifehouse.co.uk

For the animal lover in your life, heading to Colchester

Zoo to take part in the ‘Perfect Partners’ experience

could be the perfect day out or gift idea. With a variety of

animals to get up close and personal with, complimentary

meal and day pass for the rest of the zoo, Colchester

Zoo provides the perfect opportunity to spend some

quality time together doing something slightly out of the

ordinary! Prices from £200. www.colchester-zoo.com/

experiences/perfect-partners

SUFFOLK

Set hearts and pulses racing at Newmarket Race Course

this Valentine’s Day on their Valentine’s Tour. Head behind

the scenes to Sir Mark Prescott’s working yard, the

prestigious members only Jockey Club Rooms and enjoy a

three-course lunch at the stunning Pack Horse Inn. Home

to some of the most famous racehorses in the country, you

can also expect a trip to Dalham Hall Stud. This once in a

lifetime VIP experience is one not to be missed, and one

to be treasured. Spaces are limited and priced at £150 per

person. newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk

For something a little more adrenaline-fuelled and action

packed, Go Ape in Thetford Forest provides the perfect

place to test your nerve. Don your warmest hats, gloves

and scarves, pack a waterproof and head into the treetops

for a romantic afternoon for two.

goape.co.uk/days-out/thetford

And for the love birds amongst us, RSPB Minsmere

Nature Reserve will once again be affording participants

the opportunity to make a nest box as part of National

Nestbox Week, to take home and give nature a home near

you. Entry costs £5 per person plus Reserve entry fees.

ww2.rspb.org.uk

If you’re looking to enjoy a more relaxed affair, why not

take a stroll along the Suffolk coastline? Southwold is a

particular highlight, boasting a beautiful bustling high

street, the newly renovated Swan Hotel and beachside

location. Whether you’re looking to grab some fish

and chips on the pier, pub grub in a friendly local, or to

enjoy a more refined dining experience, Southwold has

plenty to offer; if you’re looking to stay the night, The

Swan offers a range of beautifully designed bedrooms.

theswansouthwold.co.uk

The Swan Hotel, Southwold

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HERTFORDSHIRE

Enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Broxbourne Woods and explore the

Sculpture Trail in Hertfordshire’s only national nature reserve. Pack a flask

of hot chocolate and some sweet treats for extra indulgence, and spend

some time taking in the works of art adorning the trail.

If heading out and getting in touch with nature isn’t quite your style, but

sweet treats rock your world, why not head to The Pudding Stop in St

Albans and try out some of their Brioche French Toast or a Hot Brownie

Sundae? www.thepuddingstop.com

Watford’s Palace Theatre will be broadcasting the Royal Shakespeare

Company’s performance of Twelfth Night live at 7pm. Starring some

familiar faces and priced at only £15 per person, this could be the perfect

date night for two Shakespeare fans. watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

The Pudding Stop

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Why not book a stay at the luxurious Hotel Felix and hire Ofo bikes

to head into the city centre so you and your loved one can explore

historic Cambridge on two wheels? Visit Great St Mary’s Church tower

for a panoramic view of the city whilst you’re at it, and be sure to check

out ‘The Object of My Affection: Stories of Love’ from the Fitzwilliam

collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum. www.hotelfelix.co.uk/cycling

SIX, Cambridge

As the evening sets in, Cambridge Corn

Exchange will be playing host to Ed Byrne,

as he explores what it means to be a

‘millenial’ in this modern age. Described by

the Sunday Times as ‘Comedy’s Holy Grail’

this is one not to be missed if you’re after

an evening of laughter and fun. Tickets cost

£26.75. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/

cornex/events/ed-byrne

Head for heights at SIX Cambridge, and enjoy dazzling views of

the city at night whilst enjoying dinner and cocktails. The bar and

brasserie are offering the chance to create a bespoke cocktail

providing the opportunity for couples to discover how well they

know each other’s preferred taste and tipples. They can then tuck

into a seafood platter to share. Afternoon tea is also available

between 2pm and 4.30pm, and can be accompanied by a glass of

Champagne for added luxury.

www.sixcambridge.co.uk/city-centre-cambridge-restaurant.php

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Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again, love is in the air!

Whether you’re planning on treating yourself gift guide

or want to give your partner a little nudge,

we’ve got V’Day covered…

M&S collection Top

£29.50,

Per Una Trouser

£49.50

Marks & Spencer

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Lucy William X Missoma

beaded coin necklace,

18CT gold pated,

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Clarins Instant Light Lip

Comfort Oil in raspberry,

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House of Fraser -

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The Valentine Sleekster, £22.50

Hotel Chocolat, intu Chapelfield,

40-46 St Stephens St, Norwich NR1 3SH

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G R E A T N O R T H E R N H O T E L

V A L E N T I N E S D A Y

Treat the one you love this Valentines Day to a delicious and

Romantic dinner for 2 at the beautiful Great Northern Hotel

in the heart of historic Peterborough

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• Sailing from Ipswich Waterfront

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Estella Bartlett silver heart

coin purse, £15

Lilac Rose, 71 Bridge St,

Cambridge CB2 1UR

www.lilacrose.co.uk

Personalised Sterling Silver

Russian Ring Necklace,

from £39

Lisa Angel, 3 Lower Goat

Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EL

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Briefs £4,

suspender £5,

bra £8

Primark,

62-74 Burleigh St,

Cambridge CB1 1DJ

Pink tassel earrings,

£10

Accessorize

uk.accessorize.com

Rose bombshell bath bomb,

£4.50

Lush,

30 Gentleman’s Walk,

City Centre, Norwich

NR2 1NA

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01353 861677

info@swanontheriver.co.uk

www.swanontheriver.co.uk

Pub

Dining

Rooms

Our menus (download from our website)

include home-made bar snacks, pub classics

and seasonal specials. We use locally sourced

ingredients and all meals are freshly

prepared. Sandwiches and smaller meals are

available at lunchtimes.

Valentine’s Day

Meals & Rooms

1 Sandhill

Littleport, Ely

Cambs CB6 1NT

The meal for two is £60, including a glass of

bubbly.

We also offer the meal for two with a night in

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Top 5:

Spring Days Out

February is a time to shake off the cobwebs

and emerge from our winter blues. There’s no

better way to start fresh than heading out this

month to discover the region’s flora and fauna

that are beginning to spring into action. Here’s

our top five locations to enjoy the season…

Discover daffodils at Ickworth House

16 Dairy Cottages, Bury Saint Edmunds IP29 5QE

It wouldn’t be spring without the glowing yellow of a

daffodil. The quintessential British spring flower brightens

up the historic estate in February with heritage daffodils

popping up throughout the pleasure grounds in front of

the Italianate palace. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth

Snowdrops at Walsingham Abbey

Common Place, Walsingham NR22 6BP

For a snowdrop show like no other head to the famous

ruins at Walsingham Abbey. Visit the medieval Priory

and place of pilgrimage, before exploring 18 acres of

woodland filled with the pretty white flower.

www.walsinghamabbey.com

Ickworth House in spring

Audley End House and Gardens

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

Created by the famous 18th century designer Lancelot

‘Capability’ Brown, the gardens at this historic home are

beautiful at any time of year, but during February and

March they come alive with vibrant colours of springtime

favourites. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/

audley-end-house-and-gardens

Bluebells at Wayland Wood

Norfolk, IP25 6HN

The alleged site of the ‘Babes in the Wood’ legend, has

over 125 species of plants recorded but it’s the bluebells

that steal the show during spring. The beautiful bluebells

pop up through the grounds and are at their best between

March and May. www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

Dogs and Daffs Charity Walk, 25 March,

9.30am-4pm

Hatfield House, AL9 5NB

Banish those winter blues and put your best foot forward

and join in a dog walk through the grounds of Hatfield

House in aid of Riding for Disabled – Digswell Place

Group. You can also take part in the dog show and fun

games and activities. To register you and your pooch visit

www.digswellplacerda.org.uk or dogsanddaffs.weebly.com

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GLAMPING

Written by

Amanda French

www.anoseforfood.com

Hot Spots

Fancy getting back to nature but don’t want

to get your hands too dirty? Check out some

of our favourite glamping hot spots in the

region which will have you breathing in the fresh

country air, while also indulging in the very best

accommodation and resources.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Choose from the three fantastic options for glamping

at Secret Meadows. With luxury lodge tents, traditional

gypsy caravans or even a stay in the hobbit box, there’s

something to suit everyone. All set in a nature reserve

and surrounded by beautiful Suffolk countryside, this is

a great place to relax. With little extras such as hot tubs,

breakfast hampers and private hen coops, this is a great

glamping site for families and couples alike.

www.secretmeadows.co.uk

COSY FOR COUPLES

The Secret Garden is an Eco glamping site, just a stone’s

throw from Cambridge and features a beautiful ‘hobbit

hole’ with a luxurious king size bed and fairy lights, a

covered camp kitchen and dining area, a herb garden and

circular firepit. Relax in the woodland spa area with

a private wood fired hot tub and compost toilet.

A great base for exploring the local area.

www.guildengate.co.uk/glamping/the-secret-garden/

Luxury Lodge Tent at Secret Meadows

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Gypsy Caravan at Secret Meadows

BEST FOR HISTORY LOVERS

Enjoy a stay surrounded by history in the grounds of Layer

Marney Tower. Choose from one of the six tented encampments

named after one of the wives of Henry VIII. Each encampment

has a main tent which can sleep up to six people in their own

beds with a toilet, running water and lights. Three of the

encampments even have their own hot tub to enjoy.

www.layermarneytower.co.uk/glamping

DOG FRIENDLY

Thompson Hall Retreat in Norfolk has beautiful shepherd’s huts

nestled amongst the trees and with views across the Norfolk

Wild Life Trust properties. Dog friendly, these huts can host two

people along with a furry friend or two. All Shepherd’s huts have

a luxury king size bed, kitchen facilities, private bathrooms and a

private veranda with a gas fire pit, to enjoy in the evening.

www.thompsonhallretreat.co.uk

BUDGET

From only £27 a night, enjoy a stay at Theobalds

Park Ready Camp in Hertfordshire. The Ready

Camp tents offer a great balance between

outdoor and contemporary living. With everything

you need for your stay including stylish features,

full size beds, sofas and dining facilities…along

with a fully stocked crockery cupboard, you don’t

need to worry about bringing anything with

you. Simply bring along your own bedding and

essentials to get started.

www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk

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Tails about town

Written by Emma Kemsley

Dog

friendly

Fletcher checks-in at Hotel Felix

It feels like a long time since I’ve written a Tails About

Town column, but let me get you up to speed. We’ve

had Christmas. Fletcher was spoilt rotten and has a

new favourite toy; a noisy Kong tennis ball, which

he insists on squeaking for about 10 hours a day. It

snowed, twice, transforming Fletcher from Spaniel

to Husky within seconds. He has been in trouble

with British Gas as he thought it would be useful to

jump into the hole they were digging at the side of

the road and help out. One gas man thought it was

hilarious, the other one not so much! And we’ve had a

wonderful overnight stay in Cambridge.

To beat the January blues my husband, Fletcher and

I checked-in at Hotel Felix to enjoy a weekend in

Cambridge. We arrived with a very excited Fletcher

who by the time we got to reception was breathing

like a dragon. I think the poor receptionist expected

to see a beast, but instead she was greeted by a crazy

cocker who wasted no time in creating a commotion

by squealing and jumping around. At that point I

half expected to be told to leave, but staff were very

welcoming, fussed Fletch and showed us to our dogfriendly

room.

The room was spacious, well-equipped and had a bag

of Norfolk’s Pooch’s handmade dog treats waiting for

Fletcher. One of the best things about Hotel Felix is

dogs are welcome to dine with owners in the orangery

so you don’t have to worry about leaving them in the

room. On our way to dinner Fletcher found one of the

hallway water bowls for doggy guests; five minutes

of slurping and the place was soaked! He is a messy

drinker, he dunks the majority of his head in a bowl,

slops water everywhere, while his ears soak up the

rest! Embarrassingly, I had to ask someone to mop it

up!

We enjoyed a lovely three course meal with dishes

beautifully presented. It was all going so well until a

terrier showed up and Fletcher insisted on meeting

him, sending chairs flying. At that point I returned him

to the room so I could enjoy my dessert in peace; a

pistachio and olive oil cake with peach sorbet, which

was worth every calorie!

The next morning, we enjoyed a veggie breakfast and

Fletcher spent an hour running around the beautiful

garden chasing sticks (staff probably now realise why

there were branches all over the lawn – sorry!). We

then walked into Cambridge which took about 25

minutes but was worth avoiding the traffic and parking

queues. We browsed the shops and wandered around

the colleges and it was lovely to see so many owners

enjoying a Sunday morning with their pets. I did

suggest the idea of punting. My husband took one

look at Fletcher who was screaming at the sight of the

River Cam and said “NO!”. Oh well, maybe that’s one

for summer…

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MUM’s the Word

Written by

Dolly

Osborne

Only fools rush in…

Giddy romance is meant to be the folly of youth.

It is fools who rush in and when we hit a certain

age we are most definitely not foolish thank you

very much. However recent interactions with my

children have made me question this wisdom,

perhaps the age of foolish romance has passed?

I’m not saying that children are no longer romantic,

anyone who follows my column will know how

seriously my son takes Valentine’s Day; he values love,

hopes to have it in his life, he’s also just very sensible.

The conversation that triggered these thoughts

happened over Christmas. My son came back from his

father’s house and announced that his dad was getting

married. It is a semi-arranged marriage, his bride is

in India and he was introduced to her by his family

when he went there earlier in the year. They seem well

matched and everyone seems excited. Too excited

according to my boy: “I’m very worried mummy,” he

said earnestly one evening. “Daddy is going too fast

with everything. They are getting married really soon

and I told him I think it’s too soon.”

A little taken aback I asked his father’s response:

“Daddy said that when you know you know but I said

you’ve thought you knew at least twice before and

that didn’t work out for you did it? Then he told me

off so I couldn’t say anymore but I’m right aren’t I

Mummy? He should take things more slowly.” I was

gobsmacked. Mostly at how right I thought he was but

wasn’t it a bit cynical for one

so young?

A few days later I was chatting to the 14-year-old.

She was telling me of a girl in her class who is already

planning a wedding and children with her boyfriend.

Her distain was palpable. The idea of planning a

happy ever after so young was absolutely ridiculous,

she said. Also, she went on, “how can you possibly

think you’ve found the right person if you’ve only ever

been out with one person?”

I was a little stunned. I agree with both of them

absolutely but I don’t think I held those thoughts when

I was their age. In fact, I was probably the friend that

my eldest talked about scornfully. Have I taught my

children these hard lessons of life without realising

it or are we in an age now with so much access to

gossip, to reality that fairytales have become things to

mock rather than aspire to? Perhaps this generation

have learned from the high divorce rates and gossip

columns? Ironically, through taking time to fall in love,

they may all live happily

ever after?

Read more from Dolly at www.raggydollywrites.

wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @Osborneosaurus

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February Fun

So, it may seem like the kids have only just gone back to school after the

Christmas break but it’s already almost February half term. Stuck for things to do?

Liz Mattock lists her top picks…

Norfolk

Spread your wings and flutter along to Pensthorpe Nature

Reserve who host a calendar packed full of half term

delights. From the 14 – 21 February, families will have the

opportunity to help celebrate National Nest Box Week by

exploring the nest box trail that will challenge your native

wildlife knowledge and captivate you at the same time.

Young ones can even build their own nest box to take home.

Further details can be found at www.pensthorpe.com

Photo credit: Steve Adams -

Pensthorpe Nature Reserve

We’ve teamed up with Pensthorpe Nature Reserve to

offer readers the chance to win a family ticket for up to

4 people (2 adults and 2 children) to visit Pensthorpe

Natural Park in 2018. For more information visit

www.eastlife.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @eastmagazines

and find out how to enter!

If you fancy starting the half term off with a bite, why

not meet volunteers from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on

Monday 12 February at NWT Holme Dunes as they search

for sharks’ egg cases, more commonly known as mermaid

purses. You can help the team identify the sharks that can

be found off the coast of Norfolk. The search begins at

10am at the visitors centre, before heading to the beach

until 12.30pm. www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on

Ickworth House

Suffolk

Discover Ickworth in the West Suffolk countryside by joining

one of the circular walks which passes by Ickworth Walled

Garden and the canal lake. On the way, see if you can spot

the seasonal meadow, the church and the Rotunda, not

forgetting the old summer house. Visit the National Trust

website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth/trails/

ickworth-walled-garden-and-canal-walk to print off a

guide map with pictures and information about what you’ll

be seeing, and don’t forget to pack a picnic – there are

some perfect spots to stop and take in the scenery.

If four legs rather than two is more your thing, it’s the

perfect time of year to get up close and personal with some

white woolly four-legged friends. Take part in some lamb

cuddling over half term at Baylham House Farm. On top

of seeing and feeding all of your farm favourites, during

half term, the keepers have a number of ‘hands on’ animal

experiences lined up for you, including lamb cuddling, pig

grooming, goat grooming, den building and a snuggly

bunny barn. The farm opens from 10am - 5pm each day

throughout half term, apart from Monday 12 February.

Adults: £7 - Children (4-16): £3 - Under 4’s are free.

www.baylham-house-farm.co.uk

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Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire

Go wild at Whipsnade Zoo, the largest in the UK

with 3,800 creatures and 600 acres of stunning

scenery. Watch the elephants on their daily

perimeter walk, see one of the fastest cats on

the planet – the cheetah and take a trip to the

rhino paddock, just don’t get the hump with the

camels. Being one of the biggest zoos in the

UK, the best way to see everything is to take the

Jumbo Express Steam Train. Enjoy daily animal

shows with a variety of the residents before

heading to the restaurants for some much needed

refreshments. Find out more as well as the latest

special offers on tickets at

www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo

Stuck with a teenager for the holidays? St

Albans has the answer with its very own Pioneer

Skatepark to get their wheels in a spin. Aimed at

teenagers between 12 and 16 there are ramps

for all abilities and if they like it that much the

centre runs a Sunday Skate School and Thursday

beginners session by Alex Barton who is ranked

as one of the top 10 skateboarders in the UK.

More information can be found online at

www.pioneerclub.co.uk

Cambridgeshire

If you are looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of day

trips during half term week, why not try a free night out on

Tuesday 13 February from 4.30pm until 7.30pm at Twilight

at the Museums? Step out and explore 14 local museums in

Cambridgeshire after dark and unearth some real timepieces

and historical artefacts, all with their own story to tell. There

will be drop in activities and themed trails. Pack a torch and

experience some ‘Neon Navigation’ at All Saints Church,

meet some Arctic explorers at the Polar Museum, set out on a

scientific expedition across the Whipple Museum, and try your

hand at code cracking with the Museum of Technology.

A full programme is available here

www.museums.cam.ac.uk/whats-on/twilight-at-the-museums

Essex

Photo credit: Steve Adams - Pensthorpe Nature Reserve

Mayhem in the Mad Lab at Royal Gunpowder Mills ensues

between 10-18 February from 10am until 5pm. You can head

on over to the Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey and

take part in some awesome science activities with Professor

Nitrate. Visit the Science Stations where kids can test their

scientific skills at making their very own floam and space sand

as well as test the latest fun waterproof sand, bicarb bombs,

Ferrofluid and Fizzy Cloud Dough all behind the safety of

a protective screen. The Rocket Room is for all budding

astronauts, build a rocket to launch and take home as a

reminder of the day. Prices are £10.50 for adults and £8.50 for

children. More information at www.royalgunpowdermills.com

Fitness and fun make the perfect combination for an afternoon

at Colchester Leisure World whatever the weather. Visitors can

take advantage of its 25m long fitness pool, including lanes

for slow, intermediate and expert swimmers as well as a family

leisure pool boasting 13 metre flumes, a crazy river, wave

machine, shipwreck and spa pool bubbles. The centre provides

snacks, meals and parking onsite. Find out more at

www.colchesterleisureworld.co.uk

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Steam Heritage|Gardens|Garden Centre

www.bressingham.co.uk

FEBRUARY HALF TERM OPENING

Sat 10 Feb 2018 to Sun 18 Feb 2018

Open 11th Feb - 19th Feb.17

Daily during half term between 11am and 4pm (last ride 4pm)

visit bressingham.co.uk for events online booking

visit bressingham.co.uk for events & online booking

EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY

Kids for a Quid

during our February Half Term Services

The Epping Ongar Railway is the most

accessible steam railway by public transport

in London - with vintage buses running from

right outside of Epping Underground.

Welcome to High Lodge, Darsham

A Unique Venue

Situated in 100 acres of woodland and delightful countryside,

High Lodge offers a range of leisure activities for all the

family to enjoy, relaxing short breaks and good food

in our refurbished cafe.

This is Golf...give it a try?

visit: www.highlodge.co.uk/activities/golf-in-suffolk

This February Half Term child fares are just .

Take a look at our website for details

of other events during the year.

eorailway.co.uk

01277 365200

Epping Ongar Railway eorailway 01277 365200

12-2.30pm every Sunday Have-a-Go Clay Shooting

visit the website www.highlodge.co.uk

email info@highlodge.co.uk tel 01986 784347

find us just off the A12 near Darsham Suffolk IP17 3QT

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Truly Independent

Day and boarding for girls and boys aged 3 to 18

Forward-thinking, creative and supportive

environment where children are treated

as individuals

Green and spacious 25 acre campus on the

edge of Letchworth with top class facilities for

sport, music, art and design

Extensive school bus network to surrounding

towns and villages and shuttle bus to Letchworth

train station

OPEN MORNING

Saturday 28 April 2018

To find out more call 01462 650 947 or email admissions@stchris.co.uk

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TRADITIONAL VALUES

GOOD BEHAVIOUR

RESPECT FOR OTHERS

PREP SCHOOL

n Purpose-built Prep School and Nursery

n Set in mature woodland

n Strong English and Maths focus

n Specialist teaching in all core subjects

SENIOR SCHOOL

n Extensive facilities set in 110 acres

n Engaging and challenging curriculum

n Small classes with specialist teachers

n Modern, well-equipped Sixth Form Centre

To book your individual tour, please contact

01787 474040

gosfieldschool.org.uk

admissions@gosfieldschool.org.uk

Gosfield School, Cut Hedge Park,

Halstead Road, Gosfield, Essex, CO9 1PF


Education

School OPEN

DAYS

new year is a chance to view the region’s finest schools. Make the right choice for your

A child and stop by one of the upcoming open days…

ESSEX

Colchester Royal Grammar School

6 Lexden Rd, Colchester CO3 3ND

Tel: 01206 509100

Open day: 11+ open evening, 26 June,

6.20pm-9pm

CRGS is an 11-18 state selective grammar school which

admits boys from Year 7 and has a co-educational Sixth

Form.

www.crgs.co.uk

St Mary’s School for Girls

91 Lexden Road, Colchester CO3 3RB

Tel: 01206 572544

Open days: Kindergarten and Lower School, 17

March, 9.30-11am; Senior School, 27 February,

10.30-12pm and 3 March, 10am-12pm.

A high achieving independent school for girls

aged 3-16 with a focus on building confidence and

academic achievement.

www.stmaryscolchester.org.uk

Brentwood School

Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood CM15 8EE

Tel: 01277 243243

Open day: 9 June, arrival times: 9.30am or

10.30am, Talk times: 10.30am & 11.30am.

An independent day and boarding school in Essex

for boys and girls aged 3 to 18.

www.brentwoodschool.co.uk

Oxford House

2 - 4 Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 3NE

Tel: 01206 576686

Open day: 22 March 6pm – 8.30pm

An independent co-educational school for children

aged 2 and half to 11 years.

www.oxfordhouseschool.net

St. Michael’s Church of England Preparatory School

198 Hadleigh Road Leigh-on-Sea Essex SS9 2LP

Tel: 01702 478719

Open day: 2 March 10.30am – 12 noon & 3 March

10.30am – 12.30pm

A a non-selective school for children aged 3-11

years.

www.stmichaelsschool.com

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I E N T I A

S A P

F L O R E A T

WYMONDHAM COLLEGE

MAIN SCHOOL OPEN MORNING

Saturday 17 March 2018

09:00 - 11:00

Why is Wymondham College one of the UK’s highest performing state

boarding / day schools?

World Class School Accreditation

Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ in both education and boarding

Great value boarding fees at just over £10,000 per year with free

education for all

Over 60 extra curricular activities

Outstanding results at GCSE and A-Level

BOARDER TASTER EVENING

Friday 16 March 2018

17:45 - 20:30

Registration required for both events. You can register

on our website at www.wymondhamcollege.org

Contact admissions for applications for both Main School and Sixth Form

admissions@wymondhamcollege.org | 01953 609014 | www.wymondhamcollege.org

WymondhamCollege

@WymondhamCol

We provide all children with a broad and balanced

curriculum which focuses on the development of

the whole child as an inquirer and learner.

Visit St. Michael’s

on our open mornings:

Friday, 2nd March 10.30am – 12 noon

& Saturday, 3rd March 10.30a.m – 12.30 p.m

198 Hadleigh Road Leigh-on-Sea

Essex SS9 2LP

01702 478719

admissions@stmichaelsschool.com

www.stmichaelsschool.com


CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Cambridge International School, Cherry Hinton Hall

Lodge,

Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge CB1 8DW

Tel: 01223 416938

Open days: 10 February and 3 March

The school provides an inspiring and exciting education

for children aged 3-18.

www.cambridgeinternationalschool.co.uk

Wisbech Grammar School 47 North Brink, Wisbech

PE13 1JX

Tel: 01945 583631

Prep School taster session week, w/c 5 February; Whole

School Open Morning, 17 March, 9.30am-12.30pm; Prep

5 (Year 5) Taster Day, 28 April, 9.30am-3pm.

Wisbech Grammar School is a community populated by

individuals instilled with a sense of purpose and passion.

For pupils aged 4-18, it continues to perform at the

highest level with consistently very high pass rates and

similar percentages of pupils going on to study at their

first choice university.

www.wisbechgrammar.com

Northampton High School Hardingstone,

Northampton NN4 6UU

Tel: 01604 765765

Open day: Junior STEM Day, 8 February.

An independent day school for girls aged from

3 - 18 years.

www.northamptonhigh.co.uk

Cambridge Regional College

Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2QT

Tel: 01223 418200

Open Day: 3 March 2018 9:30am – 12:30pm

Highly-rated further education college with excellent fulltime

and part-time courses, apprenticeships and Higher

Education, and professional training for businesses.

www.camre.ac.uk

NORFOLK

Wymondham College Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 9SZ

Tel: 01953 609000

Open days: Boarder taster evening, 16 March, 5.45-

8.30pm; Main School open morning, 17 March, 9-11am;

Sixth Form mini open mornings, 3 and 24 February and

28 April

A school for students aged 11-18, boarders and day

pupils.

www.wymondhamcollege.org

East Norfolk Sixth Form

Church Lane, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth,

NR31 7BQ

Tel: 01493 662234

Open days: Careers Fair, 1 March, 10am-12.30pm;

Information evening, 7 March, 4-7pm

The sixth form college welcomes 1,700 students to study

a curriculum with over 80 A Level and BTEC subjects at

Level 3 and Level 2.

www.eastnorfolk.ac.uk

Norwich High School for Girls

95 Newmarket Road, Norwich NR2 2HU

Tel: 01603 453265

Open day: Open Week from 12 -16 March. Tours and

visits can also be arranged by appointment.

The school offers an education which is about more than

exams, with sport, music, art, performance and innovative

enrichment opportunities, for girls aged 3-18.

www.norwichhigh.gdst.net

SUFFOLK

Stoke College

Stoke by Clare, Sudbury, CO10 8JE

Tel: 01787 278 141

Open days: Prep, 23 February, 9.30am-12pm; Senior,

24 February, 9.30am-12pm

An independent day and boarding school with a focus

on strong academic progress, providing too a breadth

of experience and opportunity to develop character and

help each child to discern their future.

www.stokecollege.co.uk

South Lee School

Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2BT

Tel: 01284 754654

Open Morning: 24 February, 10am-12noon

Independent Day School & Nursery for boys and

girls aged 2 to 13, offering a stimulating and caring

environment for your child.

www.southlee.co.uk

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Nurturing talent, enabling success

www.southlee.co.uk

OPEN MORNING

Saturday 24th February 2018 | 10am-12noon

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE


South Lee School

Educating children from nursery to 13 years

T: 01284 754654 E: office@southlee.co.uk

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St Mary’s

Colchester

Happy girls are

high achievers.

Come along to our 2018 Spring Open Days: Kindergarten and Lower School

Saturday 17 March, 9.30-11.00; Senior School Tuesday 27 February, 10.30-12.00 &

Saturday 3 March, 10.00-12.00

For more information, please contact our Registrar,

01206 216420 registrar@stmaryscolchester.org.uk

www.stmaryscolchester.org.uk


OUTSTANDING

SCHOOL

2015/16

SIS

• Montessori teaching

methods

• Emphasis on academic

achievement

• Strong traditional values

• Music, dance and drama

enrich the curriculum

An independent co-educational

school for children aged

2½ - 11 years

Please join us for our next Open Evening

on Thursday 22nd March 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Please contact our Admissions Registrar, Mrs Harding on

01206 576686. 2 - 4 Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 3NE

www.oxfordhouseschool.net

I believe

in keeping an open mind

Open Morning Wednesday 7th March, 10am

Telephone: 01234 361918

www.bedfordgirlsschool.co.uk

Bedford Girls’ School is part of The Harpur Trust

Open

Events

Whole School

Open Days

Thursday 8 March

5.00pm - 7.00pm

Friday 9 March

9.30am - 12noon

ST GEORGE’S SCHOOL

HARPENDEN

A non-denominational Christian day and boarding school

We believe in our girls.

And they believe in

themselves.

Visit us to

see what we mean

northamptonhigh.gdst.net

01604 765765

11-18 boarding at one of the UK's top

performing non-selective coeducational

schools for £3950 per term

Only 30 minutes from St Pancras International

Less than an hour by road from Heathrow, Stansted and Luton

Herts AL5 4TD | boardingadmissions@stgeorges.herts.sch.uk | 01582 716284

www.stgeorges.herts.sch.uk


Colchester Royal Grammar School

11+ Open Evening

Tuesday 26th June, 6.30pm - 9.00pm

CRGS is an 11-18 state selective grammar school which admits boys from Year 7 and has a co-educational

Sixth Form. It is one of the top-performing schools in the country and is one of very few state boarding

schools, with accommodation for 30 Sixth Form students. The family atmosphere, culture of academic excellence

and care for the wellbeing of students are key features of the school.

No appointments necessary - limited parking at rear of school

6 Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 3ND

Tel: 01206 509100 - www.crgs.co.uk

NURSERY PREP SCHOOL SENIOR SCHOOL SIXTH FORM

Discover our

outstanding school

for girls aged

3 to 18 at our next

Monday 12th

to Friday 16th

March 2018

To book your place email

admissions@nor.gdst.net

or call 01603 453 265.

NORWICH

HIGH SCHOOL

FOR GIRLS


HERTFORDSHIRE

Tring Park School Tring, HP23 5LX

Tel: 01442 824255

Open days: Preps taster morning, 1 February;

Open day, 16 March

An outstanding performing arts school for talented young

individuals, that also focuses on an academic education.

www.tringpark.com

St Francis College

Broadway, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3PJ

Tel: 01462 670511

Open days: 21 April, 10am-12.30pm and 27 April,

9am-12.30pm

An all-girls school that provides an excellent education,

focusing on nurturing the individual talents of its pupils,

aged between three and 18 years old.

www.st-francis.herts.sch.uk

St George’s School

Sun Lane, Harpenden AL5 4TD

Tel: 01582 765477

Open days: Contact directly for further details

An academy, all-ability, Christian Foundation but nondenominational

school for boys and girls.

www.stgeorges.herts.sch.uk

St Christopher School, Letchworth

Barrington Road, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3JZ

Tel: 01462 650850

Open day: 28 April

An independent school for girls and boys aged 3–18.

www.stchris.co.uk

Howe Green House School

Great Hallingbury, Bishop’s Stortford CM22 7UF

Tel: 01279 657706

Open day: Dates to be announced

The school offers education for children with the

opportunities to achieve their academic potential

within a family environment.

www.howegreenhouse.essex.sch.uk

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Food & Drink

Food&Drink news

Oakman Inns opens latest venture in

Olney, Bucks

Since acquiring the freehold of Westlands House in Olney,

back in October 2016, Oakman Inns & Restaurants are finally

ready to open the doors to the Grade II listed pub.

Cherry Tree Olney | image: Marc - NTA

Named The Cherry Tree, after Olney’s annual June Cherry Fair,

the pub is set to reopen in March. Located at 3 High Street,

the stylish bar and restaurant will be serving Mediterraneaninfluenced

dishes, which can be seen being prepared in the

open kitchen. Steaks, fish and pizzas from the wood-burning

stove are also on the menu. Find out more about the opening

via Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/cherrytreeolney

or call 01442 890844 to book at table.

Treat your loved one to a romantic night out

on Valentine’s Day, at the White Lion Hotel, in

Aldeburgh.

Head chef, James Barber, has created a special menu sure

to set the mood for love. The romantic evening begins

at 7pm with a glass of pink champagne followed by a

four-course candlelit dinner to the soothing sound of jazz,

all for just £80 per couple including a gift for your partner.

Stay the night and enjoy a leisurely morning over breakfast

before taking a stroll along the beach.

The White Lion’s popular series of afternoon teas also

continues during the romantic month of February on a

‘We Love’ theme with a tempting mix of delicate finger

sandwiches and sweet treats to share with your partner.

Served daily from 3pm to 5pm in the hotel’s informal

Brasserie Bleue, its priced at £15 per person including your

choice of tea or coffee; why not add a little fizz with a glass

of sparkling Prosecco for an extra £6.

For more details visit www.whitelion.co.uk.

Double festival joy for beer lovers this month

Beer lovers can include two local festivals in their plans

for winter fun this month. The Great British Beer Festival

Winter in Norwich returns on 20 - 24 February at The

Halls, with special events taking place in pubs as part of

the fringe throughout the entire month. The Chelmsford

Winter Beer & Cider Festival will take place from 14-17

February, from 12noon - 11pm, at the King Edward VI

Grammar School on Broomfield Road. Tickets are priced

£3 and are available on the door.

Dedicated beer enthusiasts can kick off their beer tour

in Chelmsford, where a traditional festival will offer 190

different beers, over 50 ciders and a selection of wine

along with a great food offering, while the Great British

Beer Festival Winter, will boast a huge range of real

ales and international beers, ciders, perries, food and

entertainment.

Tickets can be purchased online at

winter.gbbf.org.uk/tickets/ and will also be

available at the door. More information at

www.chelmsfordbeerandciderfestivals.camra.org.uk

Suffolk brewery launched World’s First

Organic Alcohol-free Beer

Looking for the healthiest and tastiest alcohol-free beer?

Then pick up a bottle of Without Organic, a

delicious, full-bodied, zero-alcohol beer.

Launched by Suffolk micro brewery,

St Peter’s, last month, Without Organic

aims to target health-conscious

consumers looking for a pure, natural

and zero-alcohol craft beer that is as

good as the real thing.

Without Organic is a delicious, rich

and full-bodied beer that is perfect

for lager and ale drinkers. It is golden

in colour and has a slight maltiness

balanced with a sweet after taste.

www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk

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Cambridge Bistro

& Wine Bar

Head Chef Nolan, formerly of SoHo

House, has put Cambridge Bistro on the

map as a south Cambridgeshire

destination

The menu is contemporary Italian &

Scandinavian set in a relaxed Scandi

chic dining room

A bijoux wine list and a commitment to

local and organic producers has

resulted in our Bistro being one of the

most talked about new restaurants and

wine bars

Homerton Gardens, Purbeck Road, CB2 8EB

www.cambridgecookery.com | 01223 247620

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The

Cambridge

Gerla de Boer, founder

of the Cambridge Food Tour,

(www.cambridgefoodtour.com) shares her

wisdom of the city’s cuisine…

New year, new places to go. Not just that, but

the food scene is also on a roll! From top-notch

to Indian, Iraqi and Lebanese to big names coming

to Cambridge and the take over of a Cambridge

institution.

How do you find out about the new places to eat or

drink? I am sure your answer will be via social media.

For a foodie like me it is not just social media, but

talking to people and cycling through the city. If I see

changes somewhere, I tend to peek my head through

the door and find out from the builders. In this way,

we are always one of the first to know. Sometimes I

have to keep these changes to myself and I can tell

you, that it is quite often very difficult as I love to

share it with others.

Foodie

New restaurant openings in 2018

One of the new names coming to Cambridge I found

out about via Instagram. I’ve followed Sam Carter

(@sam34_c_) since last year as I noticed he was not

only a very good chef but from Cambridge too.

During the summer I asked him via a DM if he could

open a restaurant in Cambridge. Much to my surprise,

the answer was “soon”! I have to admit, that I did

do a little dance. So the waiting game is over and I

can now shout it from the roof, Sam has taken over

one of the Cambridge institutions, Restaurant 22 on

Chesterton Road.It closed in January for a refurb and

the plan is to open mid-March.

So who is Sam? At the age of 14, Sam started

working in pubs in his hometown of Melton Mowbray

(the rural capital of food!). His CV lists the Michelin

starred restaurant Hambleton Hall, running a village

gastro pub for nearly three years, Gordon Ramsay

Holdings (mainly at the Michelin starred Maze but

also others in his group) and head chef at UBS where

he developed his own style. No time wasted though

as on his days off he spent time working in any

kitchen that would let him in to learn, Le champignon

Sauvage, Midsummer House, Texture, Pollen Street

and Galvin @ Windows were amongst them.

His dream now has come true as he and his fiancee

Alex will have their own restaurant and even better,

a Cambridge institution! I was lucky enough to have

a preview of the menu and it looks fantastic and

reasonably priced, the 7-course tasting menu is £45.

Sam’s style is modern British with a big emphasis on

seasonal and local ingredients, flavour and texture.

The private room will stay and they will be offering

catering too!

More openings in 2018:

The Tiffin Truck - Indian Street Food

Raymond Blanc - Gastro Pub in Histon

The Ivy - set to open in April

Lagona Bakery - Lebanese pastry

Samaan - Iraqi restaurant

Parkers Tavern - set to open in June

Tamburlaine - new team in the kitchen

Sticky Beaks - taken over by Abantu

Three Horse Shoes - taken over by Cambscuisine

Bridges - have had a revamp

Sam Carter

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This month is ‘Fostering February’, a campaign

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Here at NFA we know that successful foster families

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If you’re gay and wondering about fostering, have a look

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foster carers are single or part of a couple, gender or

sexual orientation is not a factor for consideration either.

We’ll always consider whether candidates are capable of

providing a stable and caring home for a foster child, so

if you think you fit the bill, do get in touch.

First, let’s talk about the three most important things

you need to be able to commit to before becoming

a foster parent. Along with a bedroom that could be

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child placed in your care. As you’d expect, being able to

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We welcome fostering applications from

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child, workers will always prioritise the needs of a

child, which means you’ll need to support a sense

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or religion to be matched with a child. If you have

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We have lots of foster parents working with us who are single

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At the beginning of the year most of us

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Fashion

Shoes, lovely Shoes…

Written by Ruth Essex,

My Colour Coach

It is February, officially the month of love, so

why not dig out your sexiest shoes? I hold my

hand up and admit that I am a girl that loves her

shoes. And I do own a pair or two…or more.

Maybe quite a lot more, but whatever….

I am not alone either as many, many women have a

weakness for shoes. And why is this? What could possibly

make us want to buy even more shoes? In my opinion, it

is driven by desire. Shoes have the power to make us feel

like the women we want to be. Obviously not every day is

a killer heels day, and the joy of a comfortable, warm, flat

boot in bad weather is not to be underestimated.

But fundamentally, we buy more shoes than we technically

need because of how they make us feel and the

emotions we experience from owning and wearing them.

The right shoe can make us feel modern, fun, trendy,

minimalist, casual, classy, sassy or sexy.

So, what constitutes a sexy shoe? Heels are obvious as

they stretch the calf and make legs look longer. However,

a shoe does not need to be a vertiginously high, red

leather soled Louboutin to be sexy; flats can be sexy too.

In fact, shoes that are too high throw you off balance and

wobbling on platforms does not help your sexy wiggle as

you cross the cocktail bar. Pointed toes tend to be sexier

than round toes, which err more on the side of innocence.

Think black leather stiletto compared to a pale pink satin

ballet shoe. A low vamp, (how far up your foot the shoe

covers) works better than a high vamp, because showing

more skin elongates the leg, whereas high vamps have

the opposite, shortening effect. Suede is subtle however

patent is more overt and straps or peep toes increase the

sexiness too. It depends how high you want to ramp up

the sex appeal of your outfit!

So, whatever you wear, when you

are outfit planning, don’t forget

the message your shoes are

giving out too, and put your best

foot forward on Valentine’s Day!

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HUNTINGDON TOWN HALL

The beautifully restored Grade II* Listed Georgian Town Hall is

situated on the historic Market Square in Huntingdon.

The building boasts two renovated Court Rooms to provide

a unique and intimate setting for up to 60 guests. For larger

ceremonies and receptions, the Assembly Hall and Council

Chamber provide elegant spaces for parties of up to 120.

The Town Hall is available for viewing via appointment.

Should you wish to visit, please contact Hayley Burns on

01480 410380 or email hayley.burns@huntingdontown.gov.uk

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Wedding

The

Issue

Newly engaged and don’t know

where to start? Don’t panic, we’ve

got everything you need to know

about planning your big day within our

wedding special. Read our guide to some

of the quirkiest venues in the East of

England, find out where you can browse

the best regional suppliers and discover

2018’s hottest trends that will get your

wedding guests talking…


Wedding

Trends

of 2018

Written by Katrina Otter

Last year I shared my top trend predictions

for 2017 including the incredibly popular

and still firmly on-trend greenery

(Pantone’s colour of the year), asymmetrical

flowers/foliage and silk and cotton table

runners. The good news, 2018 promises to be

just as inspirational and packed full of trend

predictions that can easily be incorporated

into the design and style of your day.

So here it is, my guide to the wedding trends to look

out for and be inspired by in 2018:

Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2018

We have a new and unexpected Pantone colour

of the year this year in the form of Ultra Violet

(PANTONE 18-3838) – a deep, blue-based, vibrant

purple. The announcement by Pantone has caused

a little debate and very mixed reactions in the

wedding industry but I for one am fully embracing

and celebrating such a bold choice…if incorporated

in moderation and combined with neutral and

balancing undertones.

Velvet

If you go in to any high street shop you’re bound

to notice an abundance of velvet so of course this

trend has been transferred from our wardrobes to

our weddings. Some suggestions of how you can

incorporate this trend into your wedding include

everything from table linen to wedding party attire,

trailing bouquet ribbons to vintage inspired heirloom

ring boxes (check out Mrs Box or La Petit Box).

Circular floral backdrops

In 2018 ceremony floral arches are going circular!

Whilst traditional archways are still a timeless option,

a giant floral wreath or circular arch can add that

extra wow factor as well as doubling up as a totally

Instagram-worthy photo op.

Transparent details

Acrylic was big news in 2017 and in 2018 we’ll be seeing more

and more transparent details including clear perspex chairs,

vellum invitations, floating floral arrangements and of course,

clear and glass marquees (another trend in itself thanks to

Pippa Middleton).

Neon lights

Neon light signs are this year’s illuminated letters – they’re

insanely cool and instantly add a touch of personality,

individuality, humour and of course love to any wedding space.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love the ever-popular illuminated

letter however, they’ve been seen at weddings since 2012 and

more and more couples are now looking for something slightly

different and unseen. Neon light signs are also a HUGE interior

trend so expect big things in the world of weddings.

Suspended flowers and foliage

Hanging and suspended décor is one of the most visually

impactful ways to create that extra magical WOW factor.

Lighting is a key way to achieving this but in 2018, suspended

floral and foliage, especially in marquee ceilings and above

tablescapes will take centre stage.

Texture

I touched upon texture in 2017 in the form of silk and cotton

table runners and in 2018 couples will continue to embrace

textures and layering, especially when it comes to tablescapes.

More and more linens and fabrics are available to hire or

buy meaning that we can now fully embrace and replicate

tablescape designs that were only previously achievable

oversees, especially in the US.

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Image credits:

Wedding Photographer: Rebecca Goddard Photography

Wedding Planner: Katrina Otter Weddings

Florist: Jay Archer Floral Design

Chairs: Wedhead

Table plan: Oh Wonder Calligraphy

Weekend weddings

I’ve written about weekend weddings recently and I’m

mentioning them again because this is one wedding

trend that I just can’t get enough of! When your wedding

is such a special occasion, and such a great opportunity

to get your friends and family together, why not extend

the celebrations? More and more couples are choosing to

do just that and as a wedding planner, I love

organising fabulous occasions that share the love

over an entire weekend.

The great news is that in recent years we’ve also seen and

will continue to see an increase in the number of venues

(especially towards the Suffolk and Norfolk coast) that can

accommodate (and encourage) this trend.

Katrina Otter is a Cambridgeshire based wedding

planner and event organiser with over 10 years

experience. Find out how she could help you plan your

wedding day at www.katrinaotterweddings.co.uk

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Dress to

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A s the save the dates roll in for another summer

of weddings, thoughts begin to turn to what to

wear. From tailoring and two pieces to formal gowns,

the choice can often be overwhelming. To help you

stand out from the crowd at the next wedding you

attend, swap high street stores for one of the region’s

occasion wear boutiques.

Dress Code Nine

Unit 21, Allshots Enterprises, Woodhouse Lane, Kelvedon

CO5 9DF | Tel: 01376 587949

Located in the heart of Essex, in Kelvedon, Dress Code

Nine specialise in formal wear for all occasions and feature

designers such as Kiss Me Kate Designs, Jora Collections

and Eliza & Ethan – to name a few! A personal service is top

priority and there are over 200 dresses to browse, plus a

newly opened prom department for younger guests.

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Dusk till Dawn

1st Floor Dagnall House, Stanley Court, Olney,

MK46 5NH | Tel: 01234 712200

Providing a one to one service, the boutique stocks a huge range of evening,

occasion and prom wear. You may even be lucky enough to pick up a one-off

designer piece! www.dusktdawn.co.uk

Cream Rose

7 High Street, Fenstanton, Cambs PE28 9LQ | Tel: 01480 461187

No matter your style you’re bound to find something at Cream Rose.

Offering dresses for all occasions, visitors can take advantage of co-owner Luanne’s

stylist expertise. The Style Room; a spacious private room, is great for mothers of

the bride looking to make the most of the shopping occasion.

www.cream-rose.co.uk

Martha V

9-11 High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8LX | Tel: 01638 666320

This beautiful store stocks a wide range of well-known fashion brands and regularly

features up and coming designers. Staff are helpful and knowledgeable and will

be able to assist you in finding the perfect outfit and accessories for your special

occasion. www.marthav.co.uk

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Bridal Carriages of Northamptonshire

John & Amanda Sarrington invite you to visit them in Thrapston in order to view their

fantastic 10 car fleet of Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Daimler wedding cars which could whisk you

off on your way of dreams. An appointment is necessary to allow them to give you their best

attention. Free colour brochure available on request. Covering Northamptonshire,

Stamford, Peterborough, Huntingdon & Surrounding towns & villages.

For further information or to arrange a viewing kindly call John or

Amanda Sarrington on 01832 735162 or 0778 777 0971

Come and visit our showroom in Thrapston

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Memories

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Unique. Unpretentious.

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couples have used when describing their

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From your very first visit to the end of your

special day, we take pride in guiding you

through the perfect wedding; unobtrusively

efficient, always approachable, and entirely

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Five tips for

a stress free

wedding

Organising a wedding will likely be one of

the biggest and costliest things you do

in your lifetime. You want everything to be

perfect, and with so many details to consider,

things can often get a little hectic. However,

beyond the confusion and confetti, budget and

bridesmaids, there are a few simple steps which

will make all come together smoothly. Read our

top five tips for planning your big day without

a hitch:

Don’t skimp on photography

Though we’ve advised you not to go overboard with

spending, photography is not a place to pinch the

pennies. A good wedding photographer is worth their

weight in gold. Not only will you have beautiful, perfectly

edited images to look back at but most photographers

are great with understanding timings on the day itself and

lending a helping hand.

Budget

Know your limits. It’s easy to get carried away with

wedding planning. You may want the perfect day, but you

will also want a perfect life that’s not plagued by debt

when the day is a distant memory.

Picking your party

It can be tricky choosing a maid of honour and

bridesmaids, but as much as you want all those closest

to you to be part of your big day, don’t feel obliged

to please everyone. A huge wedding party can quickly

rack up extra and unnecessary costs, and make some

arrangements difficult. Ultimately, choose those you

cherish and who will be able to help with planning and

the organisation on the day itself.

Hire a planner

If the planning becomes too much, consider hiring a

wedding planner. Their job is to help you create the

perfect day so don’t panic about handing over some

control. A wedding planner might not be as costly as you

think, but if budget won’t allow discuss hiring a planner

just for certain things you’re finding challenging or

organisation of the day itself. It’s worth asking your venue

if they have an in-house planner too!

Avoid DIY

Crafty ideas make look easy on Pinterest but think about

the added pressure it may cause in the lead up to the

wedding. Do you really want to be surrounded by glitter

and glue a few nights before your wedding? Will you

remember those tiny favours you spent hours making in

the years to come? Choose décor that’s right for you!

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Bookings for

2018 & 2019

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Kimbolton Castle

A wedding at Kimbolton Castle is a

magical affair in a stately home with

beautiful grounds.

Couples have exclusive use of the State

Rooms. Our experienced team will

guide you through your tailor made

preparations at the Castle ensuring that

your wedding day runs according to plan.

• Up to 120 guests for both the ceremony and wedding breakfast

• Up to 250 guests for the evening • Licensed for civil ceremonies

The Castle has its own caterers who provide a professional service

offering a wide selection of menus and an extensive wine list.

bursarysec@kimbolton.cambs.sch.uk

www.kimbolton.cambs.sch.uk/weddings

At The Old Nene we build our wedding

package around each of our bride and groom’s

requirements, so not only does this make your

day unique, but it allows you to get the most

from your budget, to really give that wow

factor on your special day.

We have 3 function rooms and couples can

choose to have any combination of our rooms

during their day.

And why not make use of our beautiful veranda

and private balcony with views over our lake

and manicured golf course. It’s the perfect

setting for your photographer to catch those

special moments with your loved ones.

Guests

We can seat up to 86 day

guests Up to 120 total guests

for the evening. Up to 3 bars

available on request

Catering

We use in-house caterers

which allows you to choose

exactly what you require for

you and your guests.

Accommodation

7 one and two bedroom

lodges available on request.

Weekend and weekday

wedding dates available

Muchwood Lane, Bodsey, Ramsey, PE26 2XQ

Telephone: 01487 815622 www.theoldnene.co.uk

Email: enquiries@theoldnene.co.uk

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Ufford Park Woodbridge

Afternoon Tea wedding packages from £1,299*

With spectacular views over 120 acres of historic parkland,

and warm, friendly service, we are perfect for

intimate or larger weddings.

Let us share our wealth of knowledge and passion for

weddings with you, making sure your dream day runs

smoothly from your initial enquiry, through to the big day.

Located just off the A12 and offering 90 en-suite bedrooms,

we are perfect for those family members travelling from afar.

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The Anchor Inn

Your Perfect

The Anchor Inn

Wedding Day...

This unique wedding venue is based in the rural heart of

Your

Cambridgeshire only

Perfect

7 miles away from the beautiful

city of Ely and is an original, idyllic 17th century Inn.

The Anchor Inn has evolved over the last 350 years and

now offers every modern facility, but with a timeless charm

and character that you will still experience a feeling of

true antiquity. We are surrounded by beauty here at The

Inn with stunning views over the New Bedford River and

the Ouse Washes. We pride ourselves on the quality and

flavours of our food as well as the service we offer.

edding Day...

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life

and we treasure it with you. We will make sure that you

and your guests are well looked after from the minute

they arrive.

The newly landscaped gardens offer a perfect setting for

your reception to be held in the marquee which will give

you that unique atmosphere for you and your guests.

We can cater for up to 150 people in the marquee. If you

prefer, you also have the choice of enjoying your reception

in the restaurant itself for that more intimate feel. We can

cater up to 40 people in the restaurant.

What’s included in your day...

• Exclusive use of The Anchor Inn if choosing

the restaurant for your reception

• The marquee and gardens if choosing the

marquee for your reception

• All glasses, tables, chairs and linen

• The Riverside Suite (for one day)

• Half a bottle of champagne

• Wedding coordinator to help

your day run smoothly

• Car parking

• 16-inch wedding cake stand

and wedding cake knife

• Staff for the entire day

• Your chosen package

• Recommendations of local suppliers,

including florists, photographers,

entertainers and cake makers

Bury Lane, Sutton Gault, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 2BD

Tel: 01353 778537 weddings@anchor-inn-restaurant.co.uk

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10 quirky

wedding

venues

1

HALES HALL

If you are looking for a romantic setting for your

wedding, you can’t go wrong with Hales Hall.

This beautiful Grade I listed Tudor Country House is

set in a stunning estate. Now, for the first time ever the

whole estate, Hales Hall, the cottages, and the Great

Barn are available to hire - offering guests the ultimate

flexible retreat. The perfect venue for a couple looking to

celebrate in style. www.haleshall.com

2

EVENTS UNDER CANVAS

Looking for something a little different on your big

day? Then check out the range of beautiful tipis and

sailcloth tents available to hire for weddings. These can

be erected in a variety of settings around the area, from a

pub garden to the grounds of a stately home and can be

easily personalised. www.eventsundercanvas.co.uk

3

HOTEL FELIX

This boutique Victorian hotel in Cambridge is the

perfect spot for celebrating your wedding. In the summer

months enjoy the reception in the light and airy Orangery

and then spill out onto the terrace and gardens below to

enjoy the most of the sunshine. www.hotelfelix.co.uk

4

Written by

Amanda French

www.anoseforfood.com

Hunting for the perfect wedding venue in

the area? We’re here to help, with a run

down of our favourite wedding venues in the

region, covering everything from the historic

and unusual to outside or simple.

Hales Hall ® SimonBuck

CLEY WINDMILL

Enjoy your special day in a traditional windmill.

With the ceremony taking place in the round sitting

room, which holds up to 22 people, this venue is

perfect for those wanting a smaller wedding or a

smaller ceremony, followed by a larger reception

elsewhere. You can also take over the entire windmill

with rooms to accommodate 16. Throw in the self

catering cottage and the whole party can reach 20

people. www.cleywindmill.co.uk/weddings

5

T IN THE WOODS

This lovely vintage style tearoom in Bricket Wood,

St Albans is a cute, small venue for the couple looking

to celebrate in a more intimate style. Enjoy a traditional

afternoon tea to celebrate your wedding or just serve

up plenty of tea and cake all on retro style cake stands.

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CHILTERN OPEN AIR MUSEUM

Home to over 30 restored historic buildings

including an Iron Age roundhouse, Medieval barns, a

working Victorian farm, a recreated 1940s prefab, this

is certainly a wedding venue with a difference. Take

your pick from one of the historic buildings, based

on your preferences and requirements or set up your

own marquee. Either way, this venue will certainly be a

memorable one. www.coam.org.uk

7

GREENACRES WOODLAND

WEDDINGS

Enjoy your wedding amid 16 acres of woodland at this

beautiful venue in Colney, just outside of Norwich.

Enjoy fantastic woodland views from the Woodland Hall

as you get married, through its floor to ceiling windows

and celebrate under the trees with family and friends.

(www.greenacreswoodlandweddings.co.uk/colney/)

8

COLCHESTER CASTLE

Colchester Castle was nominated as a finalist for the

Essex Wedding Award and it’s clear to see why. This

beautiful historic venue sees couples taking over the

castle for the day, using their chapel for the service and

then holding their reception in the Charles Grey Room.

Built when Colchester became the first Roman capital

of Britain, this location holds over 2000 years worth

of history. A memorable and historic venue for your

special occasion.

www.colchester-events.co.uk/weddings/our-venues/

castle

9

MARSTON VALE FOREST CENTRE

With its mix of woodland, lakes and beautiful

countryside, the Forest Centre, set in the Millenium Country

Park is the perfect place to celebrate your wedding, if

you are a nature lover. As an added bonus, holding your

special day at the Forest Centre helps fund the creation of

new woodlands across the Forest of Marston Vale and as a

special gift, they dedicate a tree to every couple

who celebrate their wedding there.

www.marstonvale.org/weddings

10

THE MISSING SOCK

Looking for a relaxed venue for your wedding?

Try The Missing Sock in Cambridge, a location which

includes a Karaoke Double Decker Bus and Sundowner

Lounge. Perhaps one of the quirkiest venues outside of

London, the area is completely customisable and includes a

memorable outdoor party space including a secret garden,

firepit and BBQ. www.themissingsock.co.uk

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The

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for your magical day

A choice of venues

Available midweek, Saturday and Sunday

Licensed venues for civil ceremonies

Private restaurants, lounge and bar

Friendly staff dedicated to making your day special

Child friendly with enclosed courtyard garden

Accommodation, spa, golf and leisure facilities for guests

For a brochure, to check availability, or to arrange a visit:

0333 7007 667

www.thewaterfronthotel.co.uk

weddings@wybostonlakes.co.uk

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Diary dates

Planning a 2018 wedding or getting ahead

of the game for 2019? Get started here

with our top wedding fayres and events in

your local area...

The Cambridge Wedding Fair, 4 February

Anstey Hall Courtyard, Maris Lane, Cambridge,

CB2 9LN

Browse up to 30 wedding local suppliers and enjoy

a fashion show at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, showcasing

the latest trends in bridal wear. Open from

11am - 3.30pm.

The Wedding Fayre at Trinity Park, 11 February

Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

A popular fayre with up to 60 suppliers and fashion

shows at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. There will be live

music and bridal tours throughout the day. The first

20 brides-to-be will receive a free bottle of Buck’s

Fizz! Entry £1.50. Open 11am - 3:30pm.

Woburn Wedding Fair, 18 February

Sculpture Gallery, Woburn Abbey and Gardens,

Woburn, MK17 9WA

An opportunity to view the venue, meet with the

team and discuss ideas with local suppliers including

flowers, cakes, cars, photography and more.

Open 10.30am – 3.30pm. Free admission and

parking. www.woburnweddings.co.uk

East of England Valentine’s Wedding Show,

18 February

East of England Showground, Oundle Road,

Alwalton, Peterborough PE2 6XE

Now in its 14th year the popular event features over

Lightdraw Photography | The Woburn Estate

80 stands, goody bags for the first 250 brides, a complimentary

glass of bubbly for all visitors, fashion shows, a complimentary

wedding directory and a free prize. Tickets cost £4.

Open 10.30am-3pm.

Hylands House Chelmsford Wedding Show,

18 February & 22 April

Hylands House, London Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex

CM2 8WQ

With over 90 exhibitors you can be sure of seeing a range of

good quality suppliers who will help plan your special day. Free

entry. Open 11am-3pm. www.hylandsestateweddings.co.uk

Wedding Fair, 22 February

Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine,

MK43 0PS

Enjoy a glass of bubbly with the wedding team while you

discover the Forest Centre and all it has to offer for your special

day. There’ll be the opportunity to see rooms dressed for your

ceremony and wedding breakfast, and to meet local suppliers,

and there’s a goodie bag for couples who pre-register. Open

6.30pm – 9pm. marstonvale.org

The Norwich Wedding Show, 4 March

Holiday Inn Norwich, Ipswich Road, Norwich NR4 6EP

A chance to view the venue, meet regional suppliers and enjoy

entertainment from a live band. Free entry. Open 10:30am -

2.30pm.

Wedding Spectacular at Knebworth Barns, 18 March

Knebworth House, Stevenage, Knebworth, Hertfordshire

SG1 2AX

A chance to view the historic venue and browse up to 50 local

suppliers. Fashion Shows at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Free entry.

Open 11am-4pm. www.youreventatknebworth.com

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T

Luxury Boutique Hotel

GORGEOUS WEDDING VENUE

RELAXED FINE DINING RESTAURANT

BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS

LUXURIOUS HOTEL ROOMS

The perfect venue for an an elegant wedding

in in the Suffolk countryside.

Our team of of expert wedding planners

will take care of of every aspect of of your special day

so so that it it runs flawlessly.

All you need to to do is is relax and enjoy.

For a a wedding pack

please email events@theoaksmere.com

The Oaksmere, Rectory Road, Brome, Eye, Suffolk IP23 8AJ

01379 873940 | | www.theoaksmere.com


Martin Lewis Talks...

Consumer

How to manage credit card debt

Letterboxes become dangerous at this time of

year, and not just due to trapped fingers.

Mail takes on a demonic hue for many awaiting

credit card statements with Christmas’ spending

on to land on the doormat. So if your plastic has a

festive hangover, don’t ignore it, it’s time to

sort it.

There are three key rules to sorting your existing debts:

1. Stop borrowing more.

2. Cut the interest rate. This means your repayments clear

the actual debt rather than just profit the lender.

3. If you’ve more than one debt, prioritise repaying the one

with the highest interest rate first – as it’s growing fastest –

and just pay the minimums on everything else.

The key weapon to cut interest is a balance transfer

This is where you get a new card(s) that repays debts on

existing credit or store cards for you, so you shift the debt

and owe it, but at no interest cost. And there’s another ‘rule

of three’ here to get the right card.

1. Don’t apply willy-nilly, first see what you’ll be accepted

for. When you apply for a credit card they do a credit check.

Yet banks are the type of organisation that’d lend you an

umbrella when the sun shines and ask for it back when it

rains. So those in most need of cutting their existing debt

costs tend to be those who struggle most to be accepted.

Worse still just applying for a card marks your credit file,

which has a marginally negative impact, so if you’re rejected

being accepted elsewhere gets slightly tougher. To help,

use an eligibility calculator, like mine at

www.moneysavingexpert.com/BTeligibility.

These let you home in on the right cards, by showing

which of the top deals you’re most likely to be accepted

for – and they don’t impact your future creditworthiness.

2. Go for the card with the lowest fee in the time you

need. Most balance transfer cards charge a one-off fee

on the amount of debt transferred up to 3% (so £30 per

£1,000 shifted).

In general the longer the 0% period the higher the fee,

so you should aim for the card with the lowest fee but

ensuring the 0% period is long enough. So calculate how

long you think you’ll take to clear the debt, add a bit for

safety, then pick the lowest fee within that time. If you’re

not sure play long and go safe.

The longest current 0% card is www.barclaycard.co.uk

at ‘up to’ 38 months 0% with a 1.4% fee (19.9% rep APR

after). The longest fee-free card is www.halifax.co.uk at

‘up to’ 29 months 0% (19.9% rep APR after). Full best

buys at www.mse.me/balancetransfers.

3. Watch for ‘up to’ cards. As you’ll note those best buys

are ‘up to’ cards. They tend not to say this overtly but

you will spot it in the small print. This means, depending

on credit score, some who are accepted will get a

shorter 0%. Frustratingly there is no way to know this

beforehand.

However, in general if you do an eligibility check and the

only cards showing up that you have a decent chance are

‘up to’s’ then you’re likely to get a shorter 0% with all of

them. The longest non-up to 0% card is

www.sainsburysbank.co.uk at 36 months 0% with a

2.89% fee – so if accepted that’s what you get and it

also offers a non-up to fee-free option for 28 months 0%

(both are 18.9% rep APR after). If you’ve a decent chance

of getting those, then they may be worth plumping for.

Struggling to sleep due to your debts?

Get free, one-on-one debt-counselling help from

www.CitizensAdvice.org, www.capuk.org,

www.StepChange.org or www.NationalDebtline.co.uk.

They are there to help, not judge. The most common

thing I hear after is: “I finally got a good night’s sleep”.

Martin Lewis is the Founder and Chair of

MoneySavingExpert.com. To join the 12 million people

who get his free Money Tips weekly email, go to

www.moneysavingexpert.com/latesttip.

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Bruisyard Hall

THE ULTIMATE SUFFOLK

COUNTRY SIDE WEDDING VENUE

Enjoy the perfect

celebration with

exclusive use

Whether you’re planning a small wedding

of your nearest and dearest, an intimate vow

renewal ceremony or a big wedding with all

the bells and whistles, we have everything

you need for a beautiful countryside wedding

in Suffolk.

With a choice of places to marry, dine

and dance, we have a beautiful and unique

wedding venue supported by a family-led

team keen to ensure every aspect of your

wedding day is perfect.

Bruisyard, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 2EJ

info@bruisyardhall.com | Tel: 01728 639 000

www.bruisyardhall.com


Motoring

FORD

Kuga

Written by Sue Cooke

- Twitter @cookecars

FACTS

AT A GLANCE

MODEL: Ford Kuga

PRICE: £28,745 otr

ENGINE: 2 litre TDCi 6 speed manual front

wheel drive

PERFORMANCE: 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds

and on to a top speed of 121 mph

CO2 EMISSIONS: 122g/km

COMBINED FUEL CONSUMPTION: 60.1MPG

s I bounce out of yet another unavoidable pothole

Awhich seem to litter our streets at this time of

year, I think that the next car I buy will be a sport

utility vehicle (SUV). I know in East Anglia we don’t

have the steep inclines and Everest type hills to climb

which other regions are cursed with but apart from off

roading, there are many other reasons to buy Ford’s

best in class Kuga.

Ask a man why they would choose a four-wheel drive and

they would say poor road conditions, but ask a woman and

they would say they prefer the ruggedness and greater

feeling of safety in general, according to the findings of

online motor retail specialist BuyaCar.co.uk. I would add

to the list, my liking of the commanding view of the road

ahead. So, this time of year, with the problems of mud,

flooding and potholes, I am considering buying an SUV

with the new March plates.

SUV sales are rising faster than any other type of vehicle

which have shed their gas guzzling reputation. And true

to its reputation as an innovator, Ford says it is introducing

an all-new fully electric SUV, engineered to deliver an

estimated range of at least 300 miles – enough to drive

from London to Paris – by 2020.

Sales of Ford’s Kuga have risen by 320 per cent in three

years and this SUV offers advanced engines like the new

120PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel that meets the latest Euro Stage

6 emissions requirements and delivers 115g/km CO2. My

road test car was powered by the latest 2 litre diesel engine

with 150 PS.

The Kuga is packed with technology such as the new

SYNC 3 communication and entertainment system. Push a

button and say “I need a coffee,” and the technology will

direct you to the nearest coffee shop. A coffee cup alert

will also present itself on the screen ahead when sensors

detect that the driver’s eyelids are closing more frequently

than is desirable!

Ford has also introduced new lighting to the Kuga which

improves visibility at roundabouts, and at stop and give

way or yield signs, and draws the driver’s attention to

pedestrians, cyclists and even large animals in the vehicle’s

path or even just off the road. Amazing!

What I could have done with in the New Year sales was the

hands free opening tailgate. Returning to the car, loaded

up with kids and shopping and requiring access to the

boot, I just make a kicking motion underneath the rear

bumper and open sesame!

There is now more intuitive technology inside the new

Kuga with hands-free parking for side by side spaces. Cross

traffic alert warns drivers who are reversing out of a parking

space of vehicles that a car may be about to cross behind

them. The steering wheel is offered in heated leather to

improve comfort in cold weather. I will miss warm fingers

when the Ford Kuga goes back.

Car manufacturers are responding to what we as

consumers ask for in our new cars and currently my big

ask is for a car like the Ford Kuga that will smoothly and

competently pave the way over the numerous potholes!

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Image: www.apollo-blinds.co.uk

Improvements

Could a conservatory add value to your home?

Thirty years ago, a conservatory was considered an extra

room plonked onto the back of the house, scorching

in summer and an igloo in winter but how times have

changed…As with the rest of the home, the conservatory

concept has evolved to make a style statement of its

own. Now purpose built and a year round living space,

a conservatory can add significant value to the home if

designed well.

“There’s nothing quite like opening up your home to

the outdoors – especially in summer! Replacing existing

French or patio doors with slimline sliding or bi-folding

doors is relatively easy and can make such a difference to

the perceived light and space in a room. A living space

that leads to the outdoors will create a sense of flexibility

and offers a wide range of options for entertaining.

Extending your living space is always a good idea, and

providing that it’s in keeping with the style of your house,

a conservatory or orangery extension is a sure-fire way

to improve your home – and add value suggests Steve

Bromberg, general manager at Express Bi-folding Doors.

He adds: “From a dining room to a sun room, the

possibilities are endless for potential new homeowners.

Adding another room in the form of a conservatory or

orangery can add up to 10 per cent on the value of your

property, so not only will it create a fantastic living space,

it’s a solid investment.”

Depending on your style and the use of the space,

conservatories can incorporate a choice of glazing

fixtures, including roof lanterns, a fully glazed roof, framed

with bi-folding or sliding doors. Changing doors is a great

way to update an existing model.

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“Aluminium bi-folding doors are a strong choice to

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conservatory extension. They’re renowned for their

durability and functionality and even small or simple

conservatories can benefit from bi-folding doors,

completely transforming their appeal and increasing light

and perceived space,” suggests Steve.

With advances in glass technology such as better

insulation and solar control, and underfloor heating, the

conservatory can be used year round. This

has ultimately influenced how home-owners

use the space leading to emerging interior

trends for the conservatory. Macramé plant

hangers and lush ferns combined with

geometric tiles and rattan furniture create

a calming natural space ideal for an office,

while white and grey tones mixed with

different textures are great for a making a

space for relaxation.

wooden tables and stools/chairs. Dress windows, doors

and roof with made-to-measure Duette® blinds in

Elephant Batiste, while linen-look window blinds are

perfect to accompany earthen colours and textures.”

A conservatory can significantly improve the home, be it a

new model or updating doors, windows or interiors, make

sure you make the most out of this valuable space.

Batiste Elephant Duette® blinds by Apollo Blinds, prices start at £158

The addition of blinds can transform a cold

conservatory into a comfortable climatecontrolled

year-round space too. If it’s a

multi-functional room, it’s important to

select the correct blinds for the space.

Head of design at Apollo Blinds, Mike

Stephen says: “The industrial trend is still

a huge influence in interiors and perfect

for conservatories featuring exposed

brick walls, steel window frames and slate

floors. Continue the theme with reclaimed

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Competitive prices

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family run business

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Say hello to Wendy Howes, our

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garden restoration project every month…

Hidcote Lavender

We are making such incredible progress

with the restoration and remodeling of

Percy Kane’s secret seaside garden. As I walk

the garden marveling at all the fresh new shoots

adorning shrubs we planted in the autumn, I am

often staggered by how much we have done in

a relatively short amount of time. With a bigger

budget and more pairs of hands I am sure we

would have achieved much more, yet the journey

would have been far less rewarding.

Clematis armandii

Apple Blossom

Our next project for the garden is to plant out a small

orchard. This will serve two purposes; firstly, it will soften

up an oddly irregular corner of the garden, but more importantly

it will be the first functional part of the garden,

beyond the not quite so exciting composting area! As

well as apples, pears, cherries and plums, I was also keen

to introduce a walnut tree. They are such a delicious nut

and a nutritional powerhouse, however at 30 metres high

and with a 10 year wait until the first crop, I am struggling

to justify a place for one in our mini orchard. However, I

have not given up all hope of one just yet.

By the time you read this we will have planted 64 Hidcote

lavenders (Lavendula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’) and a few

dozen hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and Pyracantha

coccinea ‘Red Column’ bare root hedging plants. The

lavenders are the finishing touch to four of the rose

squares which are now home to specimen trees. The

hawthorn and pyracantha are filling a few gaps in a very

old boundary hedge.

Read more on Wendy’s blog at

www.wendyswholeworld.com

Pyracantha

Red Column

I also reached a final decision on a clematis to adorn the

old apple tree; a Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’ now

nestles at the base ready to weave its way up and around

the trunk and into the old branches once the days start

to warm. Given the sunny position this old tree sits in, the

warmth of the sun should bring the heady ‘Apple Blossom’

scent to life at the end of a long summer’s day. And

being semi-evergreen it will offer a little interest to the

tree during the winter months.

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Now is a great time

to buy your first home

Making that first step onto the property ladder is

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to provide security for family, assure their future and

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While investing in bricks and mortar for the sake of

owning an asset is secondary, having a dream home

with plenty of space to put down one’s roots, is a

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The recent relief in stamp duty means that homes

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savings. Pair that with the government funded scheme

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properties and continually-low interest rates, and savvy

buyers are quickly realising that now is a great time to

buy a home.

Bellway at QEII is an established development of

new homes in Welwyn Garden City, located just five

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The homes are set amongst landscaped gardens and

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All apartments include allocated parking, while houses

have garages, or parking, and private gardens.

Situated around 20 minutes from London by train,

Bellway at QEII is ideal for professionals commuting to

the capital. Residents have the choice of two railway

stations close by. Hatfield or Welwyn Garden City both

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Old Street, Moorgate and London Kings Cross. Major

roads nearby include the A1, for travel to London and

the north, and the A414, for Hertford, Harlow and

Chelmsford to the east, and St Albans and Hemel

Hempstead to the west. Journey times to central

London are around 50 minutes via the A1.

A number of well-regarded schools in the local

area cater for primary and secondary-age pupils.

Commonswood Primary and Nursery School is a

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to pay any stamp duty costs for first time buyers who

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Arts

The Arts Column

Written by Collette Hoefkens,

proprietor at Norton Way Gallery

and an artist in her own right.

www.nortonwaygallery.com

As the New Year all too quickly establishes herself, we

find that we are already turning the calendar pages. In

what can be one the greyest of months, I often find comfort

in the traditional and highly skilled. With this in mind

I recommend a trip to Essex’s Great Dunmow, to seek

shelter and inspiration at the wonderful Aubrey Gallery.

Founded in 2009 the gallery has dedicated itself to original

works of art and especially in championing one of the

oldest, truly creative, artistic processes; printmaking.

“Throughout history mankind has demonstrated an

irresistible urge to engage with ‘art’. From Stone Age

Among the many examples, linocut is beautifully represented

by artists including, Robert Gilmore and Andrew

Haslen. Robert is famous for his bold and seemingly

simplistic depictions of waterfowl. However, in an edition

of 45 harmonious prints, each piece has been individually

created from a lino slab that he has cutaway with shapes

and lines.

Andrew also devotes his work to the rural life. Animals,

people and machinery are portrayed with an extraordinary

depth of intricacy and colour that is immediately

recognisable as Andrew’s trademark. Starting each piece

of art with a linocut of dark line, he then individually

paints, with watercolour, the rest of his vision.

The specific printing method the artist adopts will have

its special characteristics and is usually chosen for this

reason. Due to the, sometimes, unpredictable outcomes,

printmakers often describe the process as being managed

rather than controlled. Although there has to be

a strong forethought of how the finished pieces should

turn out, the nature of the different processes ensures

that serendipity will have her say! Hence when you spy

a beautiful and somehow mysterious drypiont, etching,

linocut or wood engraving, you will see that it possesses

a very unique quality. The Aubrey Gallery celebrates this

uniqueness with deserved pride. Visit their website for

further information and for details of their opening hours.

The Aubrey Art Gallery, Post Office Yard, High Street,

Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1AW

Tel: 01371 873133 | www.aubreyartgallery.com

Pie-Wipes by Robert Gilmore

engravings to Neolithic stenciling, to early 1st millennium

B.C. Japanese screen printing, right up to 21st century

digital printing, the various forms of printmaking reflect

an insatiable appetite for creativity,” says Liz at the

Aubrey Gallery.

With no less than 10 artists specialising in this tempestuous

practice, the gallery is an absolute must for those

who appreciate the art of linocut, wood engraving,

etching and the many more methods employed by this

highly complex discipline. In addition, it is also a superb

place to begin to gain or enhance your understanding of

this immense area in art and its difference to that of the

reproduction print.

Winter Hare and Fieldfares by Andrew Haslen

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February

Half-Term

DEAR ZOO

Tues 13 and Weds 14 February

- Tues: 1.30pm & 4.00pm

Weds: 10.30am & 1.30pm

The timeless children’s classic book

makes its stage premiere!

Easter

Break

The Wind in the Willows

Fri 30 – Sat 31 March 2.00pm & 6.00pm

Join us for an exciting adventure along

the riverbank with a brand new staging of

Kenneth Grahame’s family classic!

Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Fairfield Road, CM1 1JG

Box Office: 01245 606505

chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres


Arts News

for February

Studies for a painting

An exhibition of Life Drawings by Craig Wylie at

The Fairhurst Gallery,

Exhibition dates: 1-17 February 2018 (Private view: 1 Feb )

The Fairhurst Gallery has announced its first exhibition of

life drawings by the award-winning artist Craig Wylie from

1-17 February.

These intimate sketches offer a rare glimpse into the studio

practice of this master painter and the process involved in

developing initial sketches into his highly acclaimed

oil paintings.

In the past, Wylie has used photography as a starting point for

his large-scale portraits, however, his recent work has seen a

return to his passion for working from life. Particularly relevant

with the Royal Academy’s current exhibition “From Life”,

drawing from life models was long considered essential training

for any aspiring artist.

The exhibition at the Fairhurst Gallery will take a contemporary

look at the importance of life drawing as a preparatory pursuit.

The gallery will also host an exclusive Life Drawing Workshop in

the gallery with Craig Wylie on Thursday 15 February, 6-8pm.

Booking is essential. For more information visit

www.fairhurstgallery.co.uk

Study 3 by Craig Wylie at Fairhurst Gallery

Cambridge Glass Fair, 25 February at Knebworth House

This month sees the Cambridge Glass Fair return to Knebworth House

for the sixth time.

Taking place on 25 February in the Knebworth House Barns complex, the

event will feature around 70 exhibitors. The fair showcases all types and ages

of antique and contemporary glass and includes a number of contemporary

glass artists showing their own work.

Glass is a fascinating medium lending itself to an

extremely broad range of applications and effects and

this has been exploited over thousands of years by the

artisans who have chosen to work with this material

and discover its possibilities.

There will also be a glassblowing demonstration by

E+M Glass, which is one not to miss! Exhibitors will be

on hand and happy to talk to visitors about their wares

and answer any questions they might have throughout

the event.

The fair is open from 10.30am until 4pm, admission £5.

www.cambridgeglassfair.com

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Cambridge’s favourite

festival is back!

A festival of events proudly

supporting local charities

RAISING FUNDS IN SUPPORT OF

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

making every moment count

All events hosted at:

“The Home of The Cambridge Roar”

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Cambridgeshire

Cambridge

The

Written by Tracey Dean

(www.traceydean.co.uk)

Scene

Can’t take the cold any longer? Cambridge cafes offer a wide variety of comforting hot chocolates

to enjoy during the chillier months. Here’s our guide to the top five places to go to to warm up

with this chocolatey treat.

Hotel Chocolat

Unit 43, Lion Yard, Cambridge, CB2 3NA

A range of luxurious hot chocolates are

on the menu at the cosy Hotel Chocolat

café based in their Cambridge store. If you

love a creamy topping these indulgent

treats will be for you with options ranging

from a classic hot chocolate to their

mouthwatering salted caramel flavour.

They even have a chilli hot chocolate –

the perfect winter warmer.

www.hotelchocolat.com

The Garden Café

The Garden Café, Cambridge University Botanic Garden,

1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE

This cafe’s Fairtrade hot chocolate can come with just cream

or cream and crushed Maltesers! What’s more, the cafe based

in the Botanical Gardens has glass walls so you can enjoy your

delicious drink whilst overlooking the beautiful plants and

flowers. www.thegardencafecambridge.co.uk

Fitzbillies

51-52 Trumpington St, Cambridge, CB2 1RG

The Fitzbillies bakery is famous for its tempting

Chelsea buns but you also don’t want to miss out

on their must try hot chocolate served up in their

delightful cafe. It’s made fresh with ganache from

the bakery and is simply heavenly for anyone with

a sweet tooth! www.fitzbillies.com

Chocolat Chocolat

21 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge CB2 3AX

Chocolate lovers won’t be able to resist stepping into this

delightful chocolate shop. They sell tempting hot chocolate

shots that are made with single origin 64% Ecuadorian

chocolate. You also have the option to add chilli or cinnamon

or for an extra treat, cream and mini mallows!

www.chocolatchocolat.co.uk

Stir

253 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 1BG

Stir, an independent cafe based on Chesterton Road is the

perfect place to take the whole family. Not only do they have

a tasty hot chocolate for you to enjoy but they also serve up a

kid’s version with the option to add marshmallows or cream.

www.stircambridge.co.uk

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Dive into

Written by Liz Mattock

St Ives, Cambridgeshire

Among the tea shops and independent stores,

St Ives in Cambridgeshire has a long history

and story to tell. Here are five things you might

not know…

1

St Ives is blessed with history and used to be a proud

home for the working class, providing a watering

hole for the many farmers and boat folk who regularly

moored on the River Ouse. At one point there was total

of 64 local pubs for locals to choose from. The town has

never lost this charm and today the town has developed

into a bustling market town, with streets adorned by

bars, modern eateries and boutique shops. There is still

evidence dating back to the 18th century, with the parish

church standing tall amongst what can now be described

as a shoppers’ haven.

2

Trade was done by boat and its cargo was an

abundance of produce, cloth, grains with regular

customers from all over Europe and even English royalty.

On visiting the town make your way down to The Quay;

amongst the modern cafes and shops you’ll spot one of

the only houses left, steeped in the architectural style of

the Dutch, who heavily influenced the town’s style in the

18th and early 19th century. Although you will still spot

bargees on the river basin, the boats of old have been

replaced by motorised boats taking tourists on day trips

along the town’s banks.

3

Take a walk through history and follow in the

footsteps of the past tradesmen. Start at St Audrey

Lane and head down Ramsey Road towards The Quay,

where traders of the past would set out their stalls ready

for trading. Finish the route by visiting one of three main

tourist sites.

4

The Norris Museum on The Broadway houses

memories from a part of Cambridgeshire that is

no longer in existence, the county of Huntingdonshire.

Step inside for an insight into this lost world through art,

photographs and artefacts. This is also the perfect spot to

pick up a guidebook, on sale at the museum gift shop.

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Tom’s Cakes, St Ives

5

Stop off for some of the best cakes and coffee

in town at Tom’s Cakes on Market Hill. The café

bakes from scratch which means they only bake in small

batches, so get in there quick to avoid missing out. The

Oliver Cromwell statue and The Victoria Jubilee Fountain

are also worth a visit; a salute to Mr Cromwell who was a

resident for five years and the fountain which was built to

celebrate the 60 year reign of Queen Victoria over Britain.

Many of the local walking and cycle routes pass through

both historical and modern day St Ives, so be sure to use

that guidebook to locate some of the hidden treasures

this town has to offer.

Useful links:

www.visitcambridge.org/beyond-cambridge/st-ives

www.norrismuseum.org.uk

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Burgess Hall Events and Conference Centre,

St Ives is the premier entertainment, events and

conferencing venue in Huntingdonshire.

3 Feb Vintage Fair

3 Feb St Ives 1940’s Music & Dance Event

6-8 Feb West Side Story

13 Feb Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2:

The Magic Cutlass

18 Feb Indoor Car Boot Sale

22 Feb Anthem: The Ultimate Queen Concert Show

23 Feb Jesterlarf Comedy Club

26 Feb Tea Dance

2 Mar 90s Paradise with Liberty X

COMING SOON...

21 Mar Jethro Live

26 Apr Forever Jackson

9 May Henry Blofeld: 78 Retired

10 May Rich Hall’s Hoedown:

01480 388111

www.burgesshall.net

Westwood Road, St Ives PE27 6WU


What’s on: Cambridgeshire

THEATRE, FILM AND SHOWS

1-10 Feb Pressure

‘Pressure’, the acclaimed play by

David Haig, is the remarkable real-life

tale of two warring Allied meteorologists

tasked with predicting the

weather conditions for the D-Day

landings. Cambridge Arts Theatre,

St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge,

CB2 3PJ. 01223 503333.

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

5-6 Feb The Ghost’s Touch

A haunting play by John Goodrum

based on the chilling tale by Wilkie

Collins, the author of ‘The Woman In

White’. Key Theatre, Embankment

Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF

01733 207239.

www.vivacity-peterborough.com

5-Feb Jimmy Carr

One of the UK’s best loved comedians

brings his Best of, Ultimate,

Gold, Greatest Hits tour back to the

Cambridge Corn Exchange.

Wheeler Street, Cambridge,

CB2 3QE. 01223 357 851

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

6-Feb Joel Dommett

One of the UK’s most energetic and

exciting comedians returns to the

road with his solo show, Joel

Dommett: LIVE. Cambridge Corn

Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge,

CB2 3QE. 01223 357 851.

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

6-10 Feb Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Set in a photography studio, the plot

follows a man who comes in to have

his photograph taken. He enters as

Sizwe Bansi, but due to a series of

circumstances beyond his control,

leaves as Robert Zwelinzima. Corpus

Playroom, 10 St Edward’s Passage,

Cambridge, CB2 3PJ . 01223 300085

www.corpusplayroom.com

7-8 Feb Spring

A kaleidoscopic show, ‘Spring’ is

visually arresting from the outset and

at the vanguard throughout. It is an

innovative cross art form experience

challenging notions of movement and

physicality, exploring the relationships

between contemporary dance,

circus and music. The Junction,

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk

8-Feb Manwatching

It begins with a male comedian being

given a script they have never seen

before. They read the script out loud,

sight unseen, in front of an audience.

This is a show about what one woman

thinks about when she thinks about

sex with men. Key Theatre, Embankment

Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF.

01733 207239.

www.vivacity-peterborough.com

9-Feb The Horne Section

Expect a heady mix of spontaneous

stand-up, spectacular performance

and outlandish musical talent led by

the brilliant comedian Alex Horne.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239.

www.vivacity-peterborough.com

13-17 Feb Assassins

A darkly humorous blend of fiction

and history, conspiracy and truth,

Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ depicts

the disturbing lives of the nine

individuals who have attempted to or

successfully assassinated American

Presidents. ADC Theatre, Park Street,

Cambridge, CB5 8AS. 01223 359547.

www.adctheatre.com

14-Feb Twelfth Night

‘Twelfth Night’ is a tale of unrequited

love – hilarious and heartbreaking.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road,

Peterborough, PE1 1EF.

01733 207239.

www.vivacity-peterborough.com

14-Feb Tim Vine: Sunset Milk Idiot

It’s Tim Vine back on tour, telling lots

of silly new jokes, showing off new

homemade props, singing some new

daft ditties, and all with the appearance

of confidence. The Cresset,

Bretton Centre, Peterborough,

PE3 8DX. 01733 265705

www.cresset.co.uk

14-24 Feb ART

‘ART’ is a phenomenon and one of

the most successful plays ever, and

has been packing in audiences worldwide

for more than twenty years.

Cambridge Arts Theatre, St Edward’s

Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ.

01223 503333.

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

17-Feb Richard Herring: Oh Frig,

I’m 50!

Richard Herring gets to the half

century (against all odds) and looks

at how his life has changed in the last

decade. The Junction, Clifton Way,

Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 511511.

www.junction.co.uk

18-Feb Mirror Mirror

Join Snow White at her wedding,

and the whole story: magic mirror,

wicked stepmother, seven dwarfs and

all, will be revealed. The Junction,

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk

18-Feb Sarah Millican: Control

Enthusiast

Sarah Millican is not a control freak,

she’s a control enthusiast. You’ll learn

about Rescue Men, farting in hospital

pants, what can happen at a bra

fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus

tips on how to talk to shop assistants

and the correct way to eat a biscuit.

The Cresset, Bretton Centre, Peterborough,

PE3 8DX. 01733 265705

www.cresset.co.uk

20-24 Feb The Lieutenant of

Inishmore

‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ is a

black comedy centred around a cat, a

terrorist organisation, and scheming

on rural Irish lanes. Corpus Playroom,

10 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge,

CB2 3PJ. 01223 300085

www.corpusplayroom.com

21-Feb Transluna Paradise

Experience a journey of life, death

and enduring love. A poignant,

life-affirming tale without words.

The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge,

CB1 7GX. 01223 511511

www.junction.co.uk

26 Feb - 3 Mar Strangers on a Train

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27-28 Feb Private Lives

London Classic Theatre present a

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Mumford Theatre, East Road,

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0845 196 2320. www.anglia.ac.uk

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Follow the expeditions of some of

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10-Feb Ruby Turner

To date, Ruby has released 17

albums plus the BBC’s ‘Live From

Glastonbury’, as well as appearing

on releases by the likes of Brian

Ferry, UB40, Steve Winwood and

Mick Jagger. Key Theatre, Embankment

Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF.

01733 207239

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11-Feb Pop Divas Live

The best songs from all your favourite

female stars in one fabulous

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Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF

01733 207239.

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16-Feb The 50s and 60s

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This February sees one of the

biggest ever line ups of 60s artistes

to visit The Cresset, with bands that

have enjoyed worldwide record success.

The Cresset, Bretton Centre,-

Peterborough, PE3 8DX.

01733 265705. www.cresset.co.uk

16-Feb Academy of Ancient Music

In a concert that will pull at the heart

strings, baroque specialist Christian

Curnyn directs soprano Keri Fuge

and countertenor Tim Mead, in

some of the most sublime music of

the early 18th century. West Road

Concert Hall, Cambridge, CB3 9DP.

0845 196 2320. www.anglia.ac.uk

22-Feb Sona Jobarteh & Munto

Valdo

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chords of Kora virtuoso

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the City Roots Festival at the Corn

Exchange. Cambridge Corn Exchange,

Wheeler Street, Cambridge,

CB2 3QE. 01223 357 851

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

1-Mar The Lionel Richie Songbook

Malcolm Pitt delivers a powerhouse

and breathtaking performance as

the iconic Lionel Richie in this mustsee

theatre production. Key Theatre,

Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239

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2-25 Feb Exhibition Showcase

of Gallery Artists 2018

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CB2 1SJ. 01223 464646

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13 Feb - 31 Dec RA250 at the Fitz

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by six Royal Academicians who have

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Gormley, Nigel Hall and Mali Morris.

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington

Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB

01223 332900.

www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

23 Feb - 11 Mar Ralph Steadman:

Critical Critters & Sid Burnard

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The Babylon Gallery will be hosting

an exhibition of signed, limited

edition prints by the great cartoonist

and illustrator Ralph Steadman

alongside driftwood sculptures

from Sid Burnard. Babylon Gallery,

Waterside Ely, CB7 4AU. 01353

616991. www.babylonarts.org.uk

27 Feb - 31 Dec Inspired by

Civilisations

This display shows how two Greek

vases and encaustic portraits, relate

to the BBC series Civilisations

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Museum.The Fitzwilliam Museum,

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CB2 1RB. 01223 332900

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9-12 Feb E-Luminate Festival

Cambridge

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is a celebration of the infinite

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Buildings throughout the city will be

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13-Feb Twilight at the Museums

Get out and explore Cambridge museums

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14-Feb Wild Wednesdays at Ferry

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PE2 5UU. 01733 234193.

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11-Feb St Ives Antiques Fair

Around 50 dealers offering affordable

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11am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to

3pm. Scotsdales Garden Centre

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5-6 Feb Bill Bailey: Larks in Transit

‘Larks in Transit’ is a compendium

of travellers’ tales and the general

shenanigans of twenty years as a

travelling comedian. With musical

virtuosity, surreal tangents and

trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey

tackles politics, philosophy and the

pursuit of happiness. Cliffs Pavilion,

Station Road, Southend-on-Sea,

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5-Feb Teechers by John Godber

Crammed full of unforgettable

characters, political left-hooks and razor-sharp

comedy, ‘Teechers’ is more

relevant today than ever, a modern

classic with something vital to say

about education for the ‘haves’ and

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7-Feb Betty Blue Eyes

‘Betty Blue Eyes’ is a delightful story

full of delicious, toe-tapping songs

and plenty of dancing. Queen’s

Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch,

RM11 1QT. 01708 443333

www.queens-theatre.co.uk

9-Feb Shappi Khorsandi - Mistress

and Misfit

Shappi presents England’s unsung

heroine, Emma Hamilton. As a fellow

naked dancer on tables, Shappi is

inspired by Emma, although she

never wants hair big enough to house

mice in. Civic Theatre, Duke Street,

Chelmsford, CM1 1JG. 01245 606505

www.chelmsford.gov.uk

9-Feb Bowie Starman

Songs from all eras of David Bowie’s

celebrated career are performed

to perfection in this highly charged

show. Braintree Arts Theatre, Notley

Road, Braintree, CM7 1WY.

01376 556 354.

www.braintreeartstheatre.com

10-Feb Bouncers

A funny, energetic piece of highly

theatrical storytelling where the

men are at once themselves, and

every character they happen to meet

on a night at work at the nightclub.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road,

Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA

01702 351135.

www.southendtheatres.org.uk

13-14 Feb Dear Zoo

This production will delight all those

who have read the book (both young

and old) as it unfolds with child-engaging

puppets, music and lots of

audience interaction. Civic Theatre,

Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG

01245 606505.

www.chelmsford.gov.uk

13-Feb Brainiac Live!

More mischievous than ever before

Brainiac Live! will take you on a

breathless ride through the wild

world of the weird and wonderful.

The Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse

Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS. 01279

431945. www.playhouseharlow.com

13-Feb There and Back Again: An

Odyssey

Follow CBeebies Patrick Lynch as he

uses a pioneering mix of live cinema

and theatre to take you on a thrilling

ride across the magical world of

ancient Greece. Cramphorn, Duke

Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG. 01245

606505. www.chelmsford.gov.uk

13-17 Feb Mad Forest by Caryl

Churchill

‘Mad Forest’ involves real life

statements from people that were

living through the revolution. The

play creates a web of interwoven

perspectives on the impact of the

revolution, giving the audience

insights into the revolution including

the use of Verbatim theatre. The Old

Court Theatre, Springfield Road,

Chelmsford. 01245 606505

www.chelmsford.gov.uk

14-16 Feb Michael McIntyre: Work

in Progress

See Michael McIntyre in Southend

in this tour warm-up performance.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea,

SS0 7RA . 01702 351135

www.southendtheatres.org.uk

15-Feb Rope

Based on a 1920’s real-life case, this

dark classic, brilliantly evoking a jazz

age generation, was filmed by Alfred

Hitchcock in 1948 and remains to this

day one of the most tightly coiled

of thrillers. Queen’s Theatre, Billet

Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT. 01708

443333. www.queens-theatre.co.uk

15-17 Feb Footloose

Telling the story of city boy Ren

McCormack who has to move from

Chicago to the small backwoods

town of Bomont. West Cliff Theatre,

Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea,

CO15 1LE. 01255 433344.

www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

19-24 Feb Fat Friends The Musical

Join the infamous group of TV’s most

loveable characters as they are put

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local branch of Super Slimmers by the

lovelorn Lauren whilst Kelly fantasises

about fitting in to the wedding dress

of her dreams. Cliffs Pavilion, Station

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01702 351135.

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22-Feb Tom Allen

The sharply dressed, well-spoken,

disparagingly camp son of working

class Bromley, Tom Allen embarks on

his debut solo tour this spring. Civic

Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford,

CM1 1JG. 01245 606505

www.chelmsford.gov.uk

22-Feb Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

On a steamy night in Mississippi, a

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24-Feb Richard Digance

Richard resumes as normal after his

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25-Feb Lee Hurst

Lee Hurst, star of BBC1’s They Think

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8-Feb The Rocket Man

A tribute to Multi-Grammy

award-winning legend and superstar,

Sir Elton John. Civic Theatre, Duke

Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG.01245

606505. www.chelmsford.gov.uk

9-Feb Feeling Good -

A Celebration of Michael Buble

‘Feeling Good’ is a musical journey

through the story and songs of one

of the most important and successful

male artists of recent decades.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road,

Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA.

01702 351135.

www.southendtheatres.org.uk

9-Feb Joe Brown Solo Show

Joe Brown, legendary rock guitarist/

ukulele champion, embarks on a

huge solo tour this Autumn with 50+

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Princes Theatre, Station Road,

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19-Feb Rat Pack Live

‘Rat Pack Live’ invites you to be

part of the gang and features all

the patter and razzamatazz of their

infamous live shows. Queen’s

Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch,

RM11 1QT. 01708 443333

www.queens-theatre.co.uk

21-Feb Buble meets Sinatra

Who will be your favourite when

the worlds of these two superstars

collide in one stunningly authentic

tribute concert backed by a full

live band? The Harlow Playhouse,

Playhouse Square, Harlow,

CM20 1LS. 01279 431945.

www.playhouseharlow.com

22-Feb The Rolling Stone

Story

The Rolling Stones have dominated

Rock ’n’ Roll music since the 1960s

and were at the forefront of the

British Invasion of bands that

conquered the US in 1964. Palace

Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea,

SS0 9LA. 01702 351135

www.southendtheatres.org.uk

23-Feb Andrew Lingham

Join Andrew Linham and guests for

a sublime afternoon of swinging

jazz standards and original material.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane,

Hornchurch, RM11 1QT. 01708

443333. www.queens-theatre.co.uk

23-Feb Forever in Blue Jeans

A perfect feast of entertainment

with superb singers, dancers and

musicians playing the best in

Country Music and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road,

Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1LE. 01255

433344. www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

24-Feb The Bohemians

The Bohemians, established in 1996,

re-enact the glory days of Queen

including the Craziness of the 70s

and the Magic of the 80s proving

themselves to be the most dynamic

and exciting Queen Tribute Band

currently touring. West Cliff Theatre,

Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea,

CO15 1LE. 01255 433344.

www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

ARTS & EXHIBITIONS

1 Jan - 18 Feb Grayson Perry: The

Life of Julie Cope

A presentation consisting of tapestries,

woodcuts, ceramics and tiles

designed by the Turner Prize-winning

artist for ‘A House for Essex’

(2015). Firstsite, Lewis Gardens,

Colchester CO1 1JH. 01206 713 700

www.firstsite.uk

27 Jan - 24 Feb Pablo Picasso -

A collection of Original Prints.

Hayletts Gallery, 2 High Street,

Maldon, CM9 5PJ. 01621 851669

www.haylettsgallery.com

6-Feb Charles Holland: A House

For Essex and Other Stories

‘A House For Essex’ was a creative

collaboration between Grayson

Perry and FAT Architecture. In this

lecture FAT’s Charles Holland will

tell the story of the architecture via

a journey across the county, from

its industrial London fringe to its

agricultural north. Firstsite, Lewis

Gardens, Colchester, CO1 1JH

01206 713 700. www.firstsite.uk

9-Feb Lecture: Madonnas

& Miracles, Fitzwilliam

Museum

Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied

Arts, Fitzwilliam Museum on a

pioneering and complex exhibition

showing the holy home in Renaissance

Italy. The Fry Art Gallery,

Castle Street, Saffron Walden,

CB10 1BD. 01799 513779.

www.fryartgallery.org

SPECIAL EVENTS

Every Saturday Mersea Island Park

Run at Cudmore Grove Country Park

A 5km run - it’s you against the

clock. Every Saturday at 9am. East

Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8UE

www.parkrun.org.uk/merseaisland

17-Feb Model Railway Club

Exhibition

Exhibition with 10 working layouts,

traders, second-hand stall and

refreshments. 10am-4.30pm. United

Reformed Church and Salvation

Army Halls, Abbey Lane, CB10 1AG.

www.visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk

28-Feb Vintage Pearl Cake Making

Class at Lottie and Jakes

Learn how to make a Vintage

Pearl Cake. Ideal gift, vouchers are

available. 17 Kings head Centre,

38 High Street, Maldon, CM9 5PN

www.lottieandjakes.com

AUCTIONS & ANTIQUES

18-Feb Coggeshall Vintage,

Antique & Collectors Fair

Coggeshall Village Hall, Stoneham

Street, Coggeshall, CO6 1UH.

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Brighten up your weekend on a budget

in Beccles and Bungay

Written by Liz Mattock

If you are planning a weekend in East Anglia,

there is nowhere better than the small market

town of Beccles in stunning south Suffolk. It may

be small but it has a lot to offer.

You won’t be stuck for things to do in Beccles, with

adventures at every turn for all members of the family,

old or young, sea farer or land goer – there is something

for everyone.

Angels & Pinnacles

Explore the enchanting medieval churches of Suffolk

including Beccles’ very own creation, St Michaels Church

with vibrant stain glass and depictions. A day exploring

the rich religious history provides an educational day out

for the kids, but a lush lesson in architecture and history

for adults too. The church opens 10am until 4pm. There

is no charge but voluntary donations are welcome. Find

out more at www.angelsandpinnacles.org.uk/churches/

beccles-st-michael

The Suffolk Walking Festival sweeps through Beccles

for its 11th year this summer. The festival runs from 12

May until 3 June and will be launched at St Peters Hall in

Bungay. This year the programme of events is bigger and

better than ever with over 120 different themed and led

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walks from one mile to 60 and welcomes walkers both

new and old. Routes take walkers through beautiful

Suffolk scenery, over road, field and path and suits all

abilities, groups, single explorers and families alike. Try

Nordic walking or classic walks which take place over a

number of days and some really tough terrain. See

www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk for more information.

Pop down to the Urban Jungle Plant Nursery & Café

where the exotic goes beyond the plants on offer for the

coffees and cakes, gifts and home trinkets available there

too. Walk through the nursery and café and be immersed

into a jungle world, far from the surrounding Suffolk

countryside.

Pick up some advice on growing a healthy cactus or

bonsai tree or pick up some tips for chilli growing. Cosy

furniture, hot coffee and refreshments greet you at the

end of your long adventure to the jungle land. Enjoy

brunch from 10am, with a full lunch and sharing menu

available from midday. If you are visiting with adults,

the space also serves up a tasty cocktail, meaning you’ll

just have to stay the night at one of the nearby cosy

guesthouses. www.urbanjungle.uk.com.

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We have 2 restaurants for you to dine in.

We offer food from the main menu but we also

have daily specials and bar food. We also have

a carvery which is available on Sundays

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Hooray it’s off to Bungay!

If it’s a shopping and history weekend break you’ve got

your heart set on, you’ll find it in Bungay. A little livelier

but still just as easy on the eye as its neighbour Beccles,

the town offers independent shops and one of the oldest

theatres around.

You won’t be stuck for something to eat and drink whilst

exploring the area with streets dotted with local pubs and

cafés. Some of the quirkier options include the Suffolk

Stonehouse located on Lower Olland Street, serving

stone-baked pasta and pizza by the plateful and the Bhan

Thai serving authentic Thai cuisine on Earsham Street.

With full tummies and heavy shopping bags, why not

book a room at The Castle Inn, offering cosy guestrooms

and dining? www.thecastleinn.net

If you are planning an extended weekend trip, you might

be lucky to catch the weekly street market selling jams,

honey, Suffolk cured ham, fruit and vegetables – all

made by local producers. The market is held weekly on a

Thursday from 7am until they sell out.

If you find yourself with a spare afternoon during your

trip, Bigod Castle is well worth a visit. The Bigods were a

well-known Norman family who assisted King William with

the Conquest of England in 1066. The castle was a gift

from King William to the family for their assistance.

The grounds and castle-standing is a sight to behold.

The castle is free to visit but voluntary donations are

welcome. Warm up afterwards at the aptly named Jesters

coffee shop serving hot drinks and light bites.

www.bungay-suffolk.co.uk/activities/castle.asp

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making this a great place to base your visit in your

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herb & knot garden, rose and wild gardens. A delicious

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What’s on: Suffolk

THEATRE, FILM AND SHOWS

7-8 Feb Comedy, Anarchy and

Mayhem

Jaw-dropping spectacles, laugh

out loud slapstick, gentle humour,

mystical magic, high paced juggling,

tender moments and utter nonsense.

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road,

Lowestoft, NR33 0JH. 01502 589726

www.theseagull.co.uk

8-Feb The Snow Maiden

Based on a traditional folk-tale, set in

the snow covered landscape of rural

Russia, this seasonal sparkler follows

the Snow Maiden as she dances into

the human world. Ipswich Regent

Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s Street,

Ipswich, IP4 1HE. 01473 433100

9-10 Feb Judy & Liza

Set against a background of photographs

and movie clips of the two

women, this production features

performances of all of your favourite

hits. Theatre Royal, Westgate Street,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284

769505. www.theatreroyal.org

10-Feb Once Upon A Fairytale

An all singing, dancing, magical show

featuring all your favourite princesses

and other fairytale characters.

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road,

Lowestoft, NR33 0JH. 01502 589726

www.theseagull.co.uk

11-12 Feb The Jungle Book

Immersion Theatre is thrilled to

be returning, with their brand

new musical adaptation of family

favourite, The Jungle Book! Theatre

Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284 769505

www.theatreroyal.org

11-Feb Comedy 4 Kids

A stand-up comedy show for children

over 6, their parents and anyone who

likes comedy without the rude words.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 3FD. 01284 758000

www.theapex.co.uk

12-Feb Monstersaurus

This energetic show full of thrills,

spills, magic and mayhem will delight

the whole family – with original music

and plenty of audience participation!

For ages 3+. Haverhill Arts Centre,

High Street, Haverhill , CB9 8AR.

01440 714140

www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

13-Feb From Ibiza to the Norfolk

Broads

This is an astonishing physical piece

of solo theatre and visual storytelling,

featuring the music of David Bowie.

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284

769505, www.theatreroyal.org

14-15 Feb Queers

This is a Seagull Theatre fundraiser

with part of the proceeds going

towards Norfolk LGBT. This performance

aims to build awareness

for LGBT+ History Month. Queers

celebrates a century of evolving

social attitudes. The Seagull, 19-75

Morton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk

15-Feb Foolhardy Circus - Show

‘The Foolhardy Circus’ troupe return

with their circus skills and comedy

acrobatics show. Lots of clowning

around, seven-ball juggling, magic

and death-defying acrobatics all

presented with lashings of happiness.

Fisher Theatre, Broad Street,

Bungay, NR35 1EE. 01986 897130

www.fishertheatre.org

15-Feb Jason Manford: Muddle

Class

‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a

wealth of new material about Jason

growing up ‘working class’ then

finding, over the years, that part

of him has become ‘middle class’

- causing much confusion! Ipswich

Regent Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s

Street, Ipswich, IP4 1HE.

01473 433100

17-18 Feb Dear Zoo

This production will delight all those

who have read the book (both young

and old) as it unfolds with child-engaging

puppets, music and lots of

audience interaction. Theatre Royal,

Westgate Streetm Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 1QR, 01284 769505.

www.theatreroyal.org

17-Feb Frozen Planet in Concert

This is the ultimate portrait of the

polar regions – the planet’s last great

wilderness – captured in high definition

film and featuring live orchestral

music alongside breath-taking bigscreen

footage from the landmark

David Attenborough fronted BBC

television series. Snape Maltings

Concert Hall, Snape, IP17 1SP.

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19-24 Feb Teddy

Saturday night. Teddy and Josie are

about to hit the streets of London

for a good time. Hair quiffed. Red

lipstick. Dressed toe to head in the

latest threads. So what if it’s pouring

down, they’re totally skint, and

someone wants them dead? A little

trouble never stopped a Ted from

having a good time. Desperate times

call for rock ‘n’ roll. Theatre Royal,

Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 1QR. 01284 769505

www.theatreroyal.org

22-Feb The Structure of DNA

In this session we will get an insider’s

in-depth view of the structure of DNA

and cutting edge research to unlock

some of its mysteries. Find out more

about the double helix of life. The

Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY

0300 3033 211. newcut.org

23-Feb Cirque Enchantment

This concert style cirque production

features stunning choreography,

breathtaking live vocals and mesmerising

circus performers. Marina

Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft,

NR32 1HH . 01502 533200

26-Feb Walk With Me

The film touches on the universal

themes of belonging, love, loss,

hope and death, relevant for not

just monks and nuns but for us all.

Haverhill Arts Centre,High Street

Haverhill, CB9 8AR. 01440 714140

www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

28-Feb ROH Presents - The

Winter’s Tale

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critics and audiences alike for its intelligent,

distinctive and emotionally

powerful story, told through exquisite

dance. Fisher Theatre, Broad Street,

Bungay, NR35 1EE. 01986 897130

www.fishertheatre.org

MUSIC

9-Feb Andante Live Presents

Blowin’ in the Wind

Combining the vocal harmonies of

Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson, 16

instruments between them and outstanding

musicianship, they perform

an uplifting and inspiring show to

give you a fabulous evening of unforgettable

music. Fisher Theatre,

Broad Street, Bungay, NR35 1EE

01986 897130. www.fishertheatre.org

10-Feb Polaris Presents A Night of

50s & 60s Dance

Polaris is a highly experienced

4-piece band playing the Sounds of

the Sixties, classic rock ‘n roll, soul

and blues. Fisher Theatre, Broad

Street, Bungay, NR35 1EE. 01986

897130. www.fishertheatre.org

16-Feb The Beegees Story - Nights

on Broadway

‘Nights On Broadway’ presents a

tribute to the Bee Gees through their

catalogue of hits over four decades

from the 60s to the 90s. Grand Hall,

Corn Exchange, King Street, Ipswich

IP1 1DH. apps.ipswich.gov.uk

16-Feb Someone Like You - The

Adele Songbook

An immaculate celebration of one of

our generation’s finest singer-songwriters,

and is returning to theatres in

2018. Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200

www.marinatheatre.co.uk

17-Feb T.Rextasy

Truly a rock’n’roll concert for all ages.

If you would like to know exactly

what a Marc Bolan concert was like

in the 1970s, this show is for you!

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 3FD. 01284 758000

www.theapex.co.uk

22-Feb Kast Off Kinks

Former members of the legendary

band, The Kinks, back together

playing great music and re-living

the good times, whilst keeping the

songs alive that made The Kinks

a household name. The Apex, 1

Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 3FD. 01284 758000

www.theapex.co.uk

23-Feb Mawkin

With a host of rebel rousing folk

songs and instrumentals the band

modernise traditional folk material

with their own touch and have

since excited audiences with their

artillery of loud, boisterous, foot

stomping live sets. The Cut, New Cut,

Halesworth, IP19 8BY. 0300 3033 211

newcut.org

24-Feb Johnny Warman’s Magic Bus

Presents The Mods & Rockers Show

‘The Mods & Rockers Show’ features

over two hours of classic songs by

Mod and Rock artists. Fisher Theatre,

Broad Street, Bungay, NR35 1EE

01986 897130. www.fishertheatre.org

24-Feb Songbird – The Music of

Fleetwood Mac

Songbird offer a tribute to this iconic

rock band with a mix of light, sound

and video projection. The Seagull,

19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft,

NR33 0JH. 01502 589726.

www.theseagull.co.uk

24-Feb The Best of Wham!

A new show featuring the best of

George, Andrew, Pepsi and Shirlie

with sensational vocals, choreography,

costumes and an awesome live

band. Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200.

www.marinatheatre.co.uk

ARTS & EXHIBITIONS

3-18 Feb Valentine’s Exhibition

An exhibition of still life paintings by

gallery regulars Kate Felton, Chris

Kendrick, Sally Anne Fitter and Penny

German. Southwold Gallery, 64a High

Street, Southwold, IP18 6DN. 01502

723888. www.southwoldgallery.co.uk/

exhibitions

13 Feb - 11 Mar Institute of East

Anglian Artists

The Institute of East Anglian Artists

(IEA) represents established and

up-and-coming artists who live in the

area. It aims to provide a focus for

artistic excellence, raise the profile of

the arts in the region, and inspire and

encourage the teaching of them.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 3FD. 01284 758000

www.theapex.co.uk

20-Feb Girl Power - A Short History

of Women Artists

This talk looks at the work of over

40 women artists from the Middle

Ages to the present day. It examines

not only style but the socio-political

background. The Cut, New Cut,

Halesworth, IP19 8BY. 0300 3033 211

newcut.org

SPECIAL EVENTS

9-Feb The Great Big Cut Quiz

Announcing the return of Suffolk’s

quirkiest quiz night guaranteed to

get your brain cells warmed-up this

winter. The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth

IP19 8BY. 0300 3033 211. newcut.org

10 & 24 Feb Crafts & Gifts at The

Apex

Local exhibitors offer a great

selection of handmade crafts &

unique gifts. Free entry. Open 10am-

4.30pm. The Apex, 1 Charter Square,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD. 01284

758000. www.theapex.co.uk

10-Feb East Anglia Potato Day

An annual seed potato sale now

in the 23rd year. Generally 80-100

varieties available to buy per tuber,

plus onion sets, root-trainers and

insect mesh available. Stoneham

Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham

Aspal, IP14 6AT

3-Mar Festival of Fabric

A one day celebration of vintage style

clothes making with specialist traders,

vintage fashion lectures, sewing and

millinery workshops, vintage fashion

exhibition from the 1930s to 1950s,

afternoon tea and music supplied

by a vintage swing DJ. Entry £5.

The Orwell Hotel, Hamilton Road,

Felixstowe, IP11 7DX

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24-25 Feb Long Melford Antiques

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A monthly two-day antiques and

vintage fair featuring 50 tables. Free

parking. Dog friendly. Wheelchair

accessible. £1 adult entry. Children

under 16 free. Open 9.30am-4pm.

The Old School, Hall Street, Long

Melford, CO10 9DX

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Norfolk

Life in a Fine County

Assembly House, Norwich

This time of year for me always feels a little

grey. So, to cheer myself up I’ve been

planning my holidays and dreaming of lazy,

hazy days, basking in summer sunshine with

a glass of something cool, refreshing and

alcoholic in hand…

Sunshine getaways are perfect to lift the mood at this

time of year, but staying closer to home can actually

prove to be more relaxing; no long car journeys, no

airport queues and of course no language barriers!

And, whilst I may be a little biased on how great

Norfolk is, in terms of places to go for a short break,

you really are spoilt for choice.

So whilst I continue to daydream about jetting off to

Italy to escape the miserable month of February, why

don’t you take a look to see if a weekend getaway in

Norfolk takes your fancy this year?

Family Fun

Retreat to the woods with all the family! With Centre

Parcs’ Elevden Forest (www.centerparcs.co.uk) and

Forest Holidays’ Thorpe Forest just down the road

(www.forestholidays.co.uk), you can take your pick of

cabins in beautiful, natural surroundings. Both holiday

parks have activities to keep both the children and

adults entertained.

Romantic Retreats

There is a range of beautiful boutique hotels in Norfolk

from the West to the North Coast, and of course scattered

throughout Norwich. A personal favourite on the coast is

Titchwell Manor (www.titchwellmanor.com). Here you’ll find

beautifully decorated bedrooms, amazing food and stunning

scenery. If you’re looking to stay in town, head to either the

Assembly House (www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk) or The

Georgian Townhouse (www.thegeorgiantownhousenorwich.

com). Both are in easy reach of the theatre, great restaurants

and shops and offer a truly boutique experience.

Budget Breaks

If you’re a lover of the great outdoors or just want a cheap

weekend getaway, there are some great campsites along

the Norfolk coast that should be on your list this year.

One place in particular is Deepdale Farm

(www.deepdalebackpackers.co.uk). Bring your own tent or

campervan, hire a yurt or if there’s a large group of you,

maybe consider staying in their group hostel?

Keep up to date with events in Norfolk this winter, and

join our Facebook group: What’s On in Norfolk with

Eastlife: www.facebook.com/groups/8052-22059608791

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Harleston is a gem hidden in the

heart of the Waveney Valley on

the Norfolk/Suffolk border. If you

haven’t visited yet, then why not?

We’ve got five good reasons to visit

this ancient market town.

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The history. Voted Norfolk Town

of the year on several occasions,

this town features buildings packed with

character. Old coaching inns remain as a

legacy from the days when the town was

on the main coaching route from London to

Great Yarmouth. Enjoy a wander around and

take in the sights of the historic town.

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on its wide range of cultural events,

many of which revolve around its vibrant

arts community. The annual Harleston &

Waveney Art Trail takes place over three

weekends in late spring and sees more than

30 professional artists open their studios

to the public, showcasing their work and

discussing their techniques and approaches.

In October ‘A Taste Of Harleston’ takes over

the market place with an array of locallymade

foodie treats including artisan cheese,

pies, cakes and pastries and more. There’s

also the chance to enjoy street food such as

pulled pork, chilli nachos and hot dogs. Live

entertainment and craft activities are also on

offer and two local farms open their doors

for the day.

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in 1259 continues to run on Wednesdays

in Harleston from 9am until 1pm. There’s also

the Harleston Farmers’ market which is held at

the Swan Hotel from 9am until 1pm every third

Saturday. You’ll find a range of exciting stalls

showcasing locally sourced food and drink as well

as a range of household items.

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beautiful countryside, so why not make the most of it

by enjoying one of the three circular walks which start and

end in Harleston, taking in some beautiful views. There are

also plenty of cycle routes to enjoy in the area.

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microbreweries in the area including

Grain Brewery and St Peter’s Brewery and try some

delicious beers. Visit www.grainbrewery.co.uk and

www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk to find out more.

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blast at any time of the year, but if you’re looking to get

more out of your break or fancy a day trip to Norfolk’s

famous waterways, then put these activities on your list:

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Hire a canoe

Boat hire on the Broads is a given but how about

getting a little closer to nature and hiring a canoe? The

calm waters of the Broads make it perfect for beginners

with easy paddling. It’s a great way to see wildlife up

close and explore places that a motorboat just can’t go!

Canoe and kayak hire is available at various locations

throughout the Broads via www.thecanoeman.com

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Considered the capital of the Broads, Wroxham is a

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tow head for Wroxham Barns. Here you’ll find everything

children love; mini golf, train rides, giant slides, swings

and fairground rides – hours of entertainment await.

The Junior Farm will be a hit with all ages with

opportunities to feed and pet the animals.

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www.wroxhambarns.co.uk

3

Brewery Tours

A trip to Norfolk wouldn’t be complete without

sampling the local tipple. Head to Woodforde’s Brewery,

in Woodbastwick, and experience the crafting of its beers.

You’ll be shown around the brewery, learn about the

making process and get to sample a couple too! Tours last

one hour and cost £12 per person. woodfordes.co.uk

4

Get arty

If you’re not up for painting a perfect picture of

the Broads yourself, stop by one of the local art galleries

where you can browse scenic work and talent from local

artists. Visit The Studio Art Gallery and Tea Rooms in Acle,

Riverside Art and Glass in Wroxham or for something

a little different stop by Sutton Pottery; an open studio

workshop where you can watch what’s going on or book a

pottery lesson. www.suttonpottery.com

5

Cycling

Get on your bike and pedal your way along the

Broads cycle route. The Broads Authority has a network

of bike hire operators available so there’s no need to

squeeze your bike into the car. Wind your way around the

country lanes and along the footpaths and enjoy one of

the most scenic cycling routes in Britain.

www.thebroadsbybike.org.uk

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THEATRE, FILM AND SHOWS

6-17 Feb The Band

Written by award-winning writer

Tim Firth, this is a beautiful story for

anyone who grew up with a boyband

and how those songs became the

soundtrack to their lives. Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street,

Norwich, NR2 1RL. 01603 630000

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

6-Feb Going in Style

Lifelong buddies decide to buck

retirement and step off the straightand-narrow

when their pension

funds become a corporate casualty.

Princess Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton,

PE36 5AH. 01485 532252

www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

7-Feb Land of Hope and Glory

This patriotic and nostalgic afternoon

is filled with marvellous and memorable

songs. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange,

Tuesday Market Place, King’s

Lynn, PE30 1JW. 01553 764864.

www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

12-16 Feb Wingman

Cupid is the God of Attraction, but

when it comes to finding romance in

his own life, he’s constantly shooting

himself in the foot. With Valentine’s

Day fast approaching, could love

at first flight be just around the

corner? Maddermarket Theatre,

St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR

01603 620917.

www.maddermarket.co.uk

13-Feb Table 19

Eloise, having been relieved of maid

of honor duties after being unceremoniously

dumped by the best

man via text, decides to attend the

wedding anyway, only to find herself

seated with five fellow unwanted

guests at the dreaded Table 19.

Princess Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton,

PE36 5AH. 01485 532252.

www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

13-Feb Cirque de Hilarious

A brand new exciting production

for 2018 - a completely unique, fast

paced, cirque style variety and comedy

show, interspersed with magic,

illusions, International circus acts

and stunning professional dancers.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday

Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW

01553 764864.

www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

13-Feb Film: Wonder

Based on the New York Times

bestseller, ‘Wonder’ tells the inspiring

and heartwarming story of August

Pullman. Born with facial differences

that, up until now, have prevented

him from going to a mainstream

school. Sheringham Little Theatre,

2 Station Road, Sheringham,

NR26 8RE. 01263 822347

www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

13-Feb Tony Law

Tony is back to spearhead the UK’s

alternative comedy scene with his

brand new show. Norwich Arts

Centre, St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich

NR2 4PG. 01603 660352

norwichartscentre.co.uk

14-Feb Horrible Histories

We all want to meet people from

history. The trouble is everyone

is dead! So it’s time to prepare

yourselves for a special production

of Horrible Histories featuring more

of your favourite characters from our

barmy past – and a brand new scene

with wordy Will! Pavilion Theatre,

Cromer Pier, Cromer, NR27 9HE

01263 512495.

www.cromerpier.co.uk/whats-on

15-Feb Ryhmes for Revoluting

Children

Jay Foreman is an award-winning

musical comedian and provides a

devilishly cheeky hour of songs,

poems and comedy for children of all

ages in this family friendly show.

Sheringham Little Theatre, 2 Station

Road, Sheringham, NR26 8RE

01263 822347.

www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

18-Feb Pocahontas

The enduring tale of Pocahontas

is one of discovery, freedom

and love. Norwich Theatre Royal,

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

01603 630000.

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

20-Feb Film: Dunkirk

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the

British Empire and France are surrounded

by the German Army, and

evacuated during a fierce battle in

World War II. Princess Theatre, 13

The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH.

01485 532252.

www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

21-24 Feb Blithe Spirit

Researching for his new novel,

Charles Condomine invites the

implausible medium Madame Arcati

to his house for a séance. Whilst consumed

in a trance, Madame Arcati

unwittingly summons the ghost of

Charles’ dead wife Elvira. Sheringham

Little Theatre, 2 Station Road, Sheringham,

NR26 8RE. 01263 822347

www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

22-Feb An Evening with Levison

Wood

Best-selling author, photographer and

TV presenter Levison Wood will be

taking his one-man show sharing his

experiences and exploits as a modern

day explorer. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange,

Tuesday Market Place, King’s

Lynn, PE30 1JW. 01553 764864.

www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

24-Feb Jason Donavon and his

Amazing Midlife Crisis

Jason is delighted to announce that

he will be hitting the road once again

in the autumn, only this time, it’s a

tour with a twist!! King’s Lynn Corn Exchange,

Tuesday Market Place, King’s

Lynn, PE30 1JW. 01553 764864.

www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

27 Feb - 3 Mar Matthew Bourne’s

Cinderella

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella takes the

audience into the heart of Prokofiev’s

magnificent score, and the sights

and sounds of war-torn London, with

surround sound designed by Paul Groothuis,

and a specially commissioned

recording of a 60 piece orchestra, Lez

Brotherston’s Olivier Award winning

designs and lighting by Olivier

Award-winning Neil Austin. Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street,

Norwich, NR2 1RL. 01603 630000.

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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1-3 Mar Sicarius

Set to a powerful orchestral score,

Sicarius is an original, thrilling, gothic

tale of loyalty, betrayal, love and

redemption. Maddermarket Theatre

St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR

01603 620917.

www.maddermarket.co.uk

MUSIC

9-Feb Opera Boys

The UK’s finest classically trained

young voices combine in a powerhouse

of vocal harmony to deliver

a stunning blend of music ranging

from Opera to Pop, and everything

in between. Princess Theatre, 13

The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH

01485 532252.

www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

10-Feb Bowjangles

You can expect tales of monsters,

ancient gods, historical figures and

characters of pure fantasy in this

action packed full length show.

Sheringham Little Theatre, 2 Station

Road, Sheringham, NR26 8RE.

01263 822347.

www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

10-Feb Birds of Hell

As always, expect something a bit

odd. With beats, vocoder, guitar and

samples of his dead relatives, Pete

Murdoch keeps it carnal with songs

and spoken word about dogging,

sniffing poppers and being eaten

by snakes. Norwich Arts Centre, St.

Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG

01603 660352

norwichartscentre.co.uk

16-Feb Andante Live: Blowin’ In

The Wind

Combining the vocal harmonies of

Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson.

Westacre Theatre, River Road,

Westacre, PE32 1UD. 01760 755800

www.westacretheatre.com

17-Feb Mercury Queen

Mercury have firmly established

themselves as one of the world’s

most authentic tributes to Queen.

The show includes fantastic and

authentic performances of the most

popular Queen hits. King’s Lynn Corn

Exchange, Tuesday Market Place,

King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW.

01553 764864.

www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

20-Feb Martin Harley & Daniel

Kimbro

Martin Harley is a supremely talented

acoustic roots and blues guitarist,

singer and songwriter with a burgeoning

global reputation. Norwich

Arts Centre, St. Benedict’s Street,

Norwich, NR2 4PG. 01603 660352.

norwichartscentre.co.uk

24-Feb Rock & Roll Revolution

The Bluejays (Winners of the National

Vintage Award for ‘Best Band’)

present an electrifying and authentic

tribute to the era when music

changed the world forever. Princess

Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton,

PE36 5AH. 01485 532252

www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

ARTS & EXHIBITIONS

Until 11 Feb The Russian Season:

Royal Fabergé

Royal Fabergé explores the extraordinary

production and glittering saga of

Fabergé, the leading artist-jewellers

during the decades preceding the

First World War. Sainsbury Centre for

Visual Arts UEA, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

scva.ac.uk

30 Jan - 4 Feb Janice Lacey and

Sandra Derry Exhibition

Janice Lacey paints gouache still life.

Sandra Derry’s paintings are inspired

by the ever-changing scenery, buildings

and birds. Fairhaven Garden,

School Road, South Walsham,

NR13 6DZ. 01603 270449.

www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

7 Feb - 15 Mar Anita Corbin Visible

Girls: Revisited

In 1981, photographer Anita Corbin

captured pivotal “coming of age”

moments in the life of 56 young

women – all members of different

subcultural tribes. 36 years on

Anita has re-photographed most of

the original girls using new digital

technology, creating a set of images

that will sit alongside the originals

in this touring exhibition. Norwich

Arts Centre, St. Benedict’s Street,

Norwich, NR2 4PG. 01603 660352

norwichartscentre.co.uk

24 Feb - 21 Mar Spring Mixed

Exhibition

Paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture,

glass & jewellery by new & established

artists. Bircham Gallery, 14

Market Place, Holt, Norfolk,

NR25 6BW. 01263 713312

www.birchamgallery.co.uk

SPECIAL EVENTS

1-28 Feb Curious About King’s

Lynn

Take one of our self-guided walks

with a treasure hunt theme – looping

around the better-known sights, as

well as some of the more unusual and

quirky ones. Town Centre, King’s Lynn

01159 502151. www.curiousabout.

co.uk/kingslynn.html

2-3 Feb Norwich Job Fair

The Jobs Fair is a recruitment experience

where you can talk to local

and national employers face-to-face,

in order to get a better idea of their

roles and your own suitability. The Forum,

Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2

1TF. 01603 727950. thejobfairs.co.uk

17-Feb Norwich Does Vintage

The finest vintage traders in the UK

to ensure a diverse and affordable

shopping experience for all. With

items from 1940s – 1990s, it’s your

one stop shop to grab a piece of the

past. The Forum, Millennium Plain,

Norwich, NR2 1TF. 01603 727950.

britaindoesvintage.co.uk

28-Feb Julia Stafford Allen: The

Garden Gate is Open

An illutstrated talk on Garden Visiting

through the centuries. Westacre

Theatre, River Road, Westacre,

PE32 1UD. 01760 755800

www.westacretheatre.com

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18-Feb Norfolk Antique &

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25-Feb Blakeney Antique &

Collectors Fair

Maximum 24 Tables. Well Attended

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Open 10am-4pm. Admission £1.

Blakeney Village Hall, Blakeney,

NR25 7NQ. 01263 713120

25-Feb Hingham Antiques Fair

50+ stands. Open: 9.30am-3.30pm,

Entry £2 admission. The Sports Hall

Springfield Way, Hingham. NR9 4HB

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Olney’s historic pancake race returns this month on

13 February. No longer just a race, the event features

a pancake breakfast, a kids race, raffle and ‘kidzone’

marquee run by Friends of Olney Library.

The day kicks off with celebrity TV chef Lesley Water

hosting the popular Pancake Breakfast at 8am in the

Teflon Marquee. This year she is joined by John from The

Bell and Bear and Ollie from Wildleaf who will be helping

to cook up a tasty breakfast. Entry is by ticket only and

cost £8.50 per person, but you’ll need to be super quick

to book, tickets are selling fast.

Throughout the day there’s the chance to purchase the

Pancake Day raffle tickets with the winning prize a £500

bicycle from Olney’s 2Pedalz. The draw will take place in

the Church Hall at 8pm.

The day comes to an end at 7pm as the international

winner of the pancake race is announced via a web link

with Liberal in the Church Hall.

Bringing together the community, supported by local

business, this historic event is one not to be missed. If

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of the Market Place at 10am, which is followed by the

main event at 11.55am. Join the growing crowds as the

25 runners begin to assemble along the start line at the

Bull Hotel. At 12.15pm the runners make their way to

the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul for the annual

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What’s on: Beds, Bucks & Herts

THEATRE, FILM AND SHOWS

3-17 Feb Blood Brothers

Written by Willy Russell, the

legendary Blood Brothers tells the

captivating and moving tale of twins

who, separated at birth, grow up on

opposite sides of the tracks, only to

meet again with fateful consequences.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre,

Exchange Street, Aylesbury,

HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607

www.atgtickets.com

6-Feb Full Out

Highly Sprung’s high-energy physical

theatre performance takes you inside

a nightclub where three teenage

friends embark on a journey of

love, loss and self-discovery. Quarry

Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford

MK40 2NN. 01234 362337

www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

7-9 Feb Find Me

This disturbing play about mental

health and difference is based on

in-depth interviews with the family of

a real-life Verity. The Place Theatre,

Bradgate Road, Bedford, MK40 3DE.

01234 354321.

www.theplacebedford.org

7-Feb An Evening of Mediumship

with Tony Stockwell

The popular star of TV’s Street

Psychic, Psychic Private Eyes and

Psychic Academy, Tony Stockwell

has a long established credibility as

one of the top Intuitive Mediums.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre,

Exchange Street, Aylesbury,

HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607

www.atgtickets.com

7-Feb Anton and Erin - From

Broadway to Hollywood

Featuring dazzling new choreography,

sparkling costumes and a

sensational show band performing

timeless music. Milton Keynes

Theatre, Marlborough Gate, Milton

Keynes, MK9 3NZ. 0844 8717652

www.atgtickets.com

10-Feb Chinese New Year Culture

Show

Everyone is invited to welcome the

Chinese Year of the Dog. A presentation

of a range of spectacular

Chinese performances by professional

and community artists. Watford

Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road,

Watford, WD17 1JZ.

01923 235455

www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

11-Feb Jimmy Carr: The Best

Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits

Tour

A man who has devoted his life to

crafting perfect jokes and has left a

trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy

Carr’s new tour will distil everything

we love to laugh at and be shocked

by. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre,

Exchange Street, Aylesbury,

HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607

www.atgtickets.com

12-Feb I Believe In Unicorns

It is a tale of the power of books, and

the bravery of a young boy called

Tomas. Tomas hates reading and

school, but his world is turned upside

down the day he meets the Unicorn

Lady...Watford Palace Theatre,

20 Clarendon Road, Watford,

WD17 1JZ. 01923 235455

www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

13-17 Feb Matthew Bourne’s

Cinderella

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – a

thrilling and evocative love story,

set in London during the Second

World War, which forms part of the

company’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Milton Keynes Theatre,

Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes,

MK9 3NZ. 0844 8717652

www.atgtickets.com

13-Feb Horrible Histories

So it’s time to prepare yourselves

for a special production of Horrible

Histories featuring more of your

favourite characters from our barmy

past – and a brand new scene with

wordy Will! Broadway Theatre,

Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City

SG6 3DD. 01462 681300

www.broadway-letchworth.com

14-Feb Twelfth Night

‘Twelfth Night’ is a tale of unrequited

love – hilarious and heartbreaking.

Watford Palace Theatre,

20 Clarendon Road, Watford,

WD17 1JZ. 01923 235455

www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

15-16 Feb Dear Zoo

This production will delight all those

who have read the book (both

young and old) as it unfolds with

child-engaging puppets, music and

lots of audience interaction. Rhodes

Theatre, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s

Stortford, CM23 3JG. 01279 710200.

www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

16-17 Feb Wizard of Oz

In a brand-new adaptation of L Frank

Baum’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the

Oddsocks troupe invite you to meet

Dorothy as you’ve never seen her

before. Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s

Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN. 01234

362337. www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

17-Feb Griff Rhys Jones: Where

Was I?

Join the star of Not the Nine o’clock

News, Smith & Jones and Three

Men In A Boat as he airs stories,

anecdotes, reminiscences and

outright lies – from 40 years of travelling

- down rivers and up mountains,

into Africa, out of India, and across

the arid wastes of the BBC canteen.

The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Milton

Keynes, MK17 8LU. 01908 280800

www.stables.org

17-Feb Morgan & West: More Magic

For Kids

Time-travelling magicians Morgan

& West return to the stage with a

brand new marvellous magic show

full of crazy capers for the young, old,

and everyone in-between! Hertford

Theatre, The Wash, Hertford,

SG14 1PS. 01992 531500

www.hertfordtheatre.com

17-Feb Mark Steel: Every Little

Thing’s Gonna Be Alright

Now the star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s

in Town, and newspaper columnist of

the year, is back on the road with a

new show, guaranteed to make the

world seem even more mental than

it is. Hertford Theatre, The Wash,

Hertford, SG14 1PS. 01992 531500

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21-Feb Reginald D Hunter

During the 15 years in which he has

lived in the UK, Reginald’s searingly

honest material has garnered him

a popular fan base that spans the

generations. Watford Palace Theatre,

20 Clarendon Road, Watford,

WD17 1JZ. 01923 235455

www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

24-25 Feb Peppa Pig’s Adventure

With lunch-boxes packed and

Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa

and friends are excited about their

outdoor adventure, full of games,

laughter and live music! Watford

Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road,

Watford, WD17 3JN. 01923 571102

www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

28 Feb - 3 Mar Norma

When a close-knit community’s way

of life is threatened by unstoppable

change, the people want war. Their

priestess Norma, secretly in love with

one of the enemy, resists. But now he

has a new love. And in the face of his

betrayal, it seems Norma is prepared

to make the ultimate sacrifice. The

Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring

HP23 5QY . www.courttheatre.co.uk

MUSIC

8-Feb The Magic of The Beatles

‘The Magic of The Beatles’ is one

of the UK’s leading Beatles tribute

shows who play to ecstatic sell-out

audiences all over the world.

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough

Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ.

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

9-Feb The Simon & Garfunkel Story

The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back!

featuring a full live band performing

all the hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’,

‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled

Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many

more. The Gordon Craig Theatre,

Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ

01438 363200.

www.gordon-craig.co.uk

10-Feb Sister Act Live Choir

See the box office hit film Sister Act

like never before, in HD, on a huge

screen whilst a 25-piece gospel choir

and band accompany the on-screen

nuns, singing hit songs from the

film’s original soundtrack live! Milton

Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate,

Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ. 0844

8717652. www.atgtickets.com

10-Feb Dr Feelgood

Dr. Feelgood remains one of the

most popular and exciting live

rhythm and blues acts in the world.

The Stables, Stockwell Lane , Milton

Keynes, MK17 8LU. 01908 280800

www.stables.org

14-Feb King for A Day: The Nat

King Cole Story

This thoughtful and entertaining new

show takes a fresh look at the life and

work of the timeless Nat King Cole -

whose vocal styling in songs such as

Nature Boy, Unforgettable and When

I Fall in Love defined a golden era of

music and earned him a place in the

history of American music as one of

its most iconic vocalists. The Stables,

Stockwell Lane, Milton Keynes,

MK17 8LU. 01908 280800.

www.stables.org

16-17 Feb That’ll Be The Day

This latest production features a

fantastic new-line-up of smash hits

spanning the 50s, 60s & 70s, plus

more side-splitting comic sketches,

all performed live on-stage! The

Gordon Craig Theatre, Lytton Way,

Stevenage , SG1 1LZ. 01438 363200

www.gordon-craig.co.uk

18-Feb Little Mix Experience

This is a high-energy show from

beginning to end, packed with all of

Little Mix’s greatest hits and suitable

for all ages! The Gordon Craig

Theatre, Lytton Way, Stevenage,

SG1 1LZ. 01438 363200

www.gordon-craig.co.uk

ARTS & EXHIBITIONS

30 Jan - 20 Feb John Rowlinson

Piers from the sea, a coastal journey.

Part One - Saltburn to Brighton.

Hertford Theatre Gallery, The Wash,

Hertford, SG14 1PS.

www.hertfordtheatre.com

3 Feb - 3 Mar Members’ Themed

Show: Environment

The members display work based

around a theme. The Eagle Gallery,

101 Castle Road, Bedford,

MK40 3QP. 01234 346995

www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk

27 Feb - 25 Mar Jeanie Sondheimer

& Oliver Smith

Jeanie is a Hertford-based artist,

mostly self-taught with a predominant

interest in colour and

texture. Her work includes land and

seascapes. Oliver Smith recently

graduated from Brighton University

and is an experimental artist and

designer exhibiting his latest illustrative

ideas. Hertford Theatre Gallery,

The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS

www.hertfordtheatre.com

SPECIAL EVENTS

10-18 Feb Mayhem In The Mad Lab

Come along February Half Term as

Professor Nitrate kicks off 2018 with

Mayhem in the Mad Lab! Join in daily

between Fefor awesome activities

and super cool science. As well as

great activities there are interactive

science shows with the Professor at

11.40am, 1.40pm and 3.40pm where

children and adults alike can learn

about the science behind things that

go whizz, bang and boom – not to

be missed! Royal Gunpowder Mills,

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey,

EN9 1JY. 01992 707 370

14-Feb Verulamium Museum -

Spotlight on History: The changing

use of St Albans Town Hall

This year, in the next stage of the

building’s history, a new museum will

be opened. Find out more about this

fascinating building and see the latest

behind-the-scenes photos of the

fit out of the museum. Verulamium

Museum, St Michael’s Street,

St Albans. 01727 751810.

www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

AUCTIONS & ANTIQUES

11-Feb The Little Hadham Village

Hall Antiques Fair

An established fair known for its wide

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Ware Drill Hall, 17 Amwell End,

Ware, SG12 9HP

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